The Nigerian Air Force has announced the promotion of Aircraftman Bashir Umar, who returned €37,000 found in a parcel at Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
Concise News reports that Uma was promoted two levels, from Aircraftman to the rank of Corporal, a promotion that would have taken him ten years to achieve.
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Umar, who is a member of the NAF Mobile Air Defence Team deployed at the airport on security duties, found the parcel during a routine patrol with some of his colleagues.
He discovered the parcel at the airport’s Hajj Camp Market on July 16, and with a telephone number he found on it, he reached the owner, one Alhaji Ahmad, and handed the parcel to him.
Speaking at a special event organised to honour the airman at Air Force Headquarters on Thursday in Abuja, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said Umar displayed an uncommon act of integrity by returning the money to the owner.
He remarked that the personnel also displayed the core values which the Air Force was known for.
“We hold Umar in high esteem in the Nigerian Air Force,” Abubakar said.
Aside from decorating Umar with his new rank, Abubakar also gave him a letter of commendation.
In his response, Umar expressed appreciation to the Air Force authorities for honouring him with promotion and commendation.
He said that returning the money after he found was part of the discipline he got from home and in service.
Umar said that there was no way he would have taken the money as his own as, according to him, it is against the doctrine of honesty taught in religious books.