A mini bus driver in Osogbo, Osun state was on Saturday commended for being a true selfless Nigerian after he returned N49,000 cash and a cheque of N380,000 to the owner who left a purse containing the money and the cheque in his bus.
The owner was said to have boarded the mini-bus from Fakunle area of Osogbo to Aregbe.
The owner of the items, Mrs Olubunmi Adeleke, a teacher at Our Lady and St. Francis College, Osogbo who left the purse containing the items never thought it would be returned to her. It was only a sad moment for when she realized her mistake.
Mrs Adeleke lives at Agunbelewo area of Osogbo while the cheque was written in her favour from her co-operative society.
Speaking in Osogbo, Mrs. Adeleke said, â€œI was really devastated when I realised that I had misplaced the purse.
â€œI got the N380,000 cheque from my cooperative for a private project. I was about to give up all hope when the bus driver traced me and returned all my money and personal effects intact,â€ she said.
The God fearing 33-year-old driver, Bisi Oladimeji, who lives in Ikirun, but operates in Osogbo with a mini bus registered, XA 76 RGB said that although he was in need of money he could have just parted with such money which obviously was not hers, â€œI couldnâ€™t have taken what is not mine.â€ She said
Oladimeji said he became a bus driver since he could not get a white-collar job.
In His words, â€œI have a Higher National Diploma,HND, in Accountancy from the Federal Polytechnic, Offa. The bus is not my own; I am just a hired driver; I do
it to keep soul and body together.â€
He said he sat for the recent Osun Civil Service Commission recruitment examination and scored 199, adding that â€œalthough I donâ€™t know whether I would
be employed, but I know that only God can bless me.
â€œWhen I saw the purse in my bus, I checked inside and found an identity card showing where the passenger works,â€ he said.
When asked how he locate the owner of the purse, Oladimeji said, â€œI traced the school in Isale Aro area of Osogbo and from there, I was directed to Mrs. Adelekeâ€™s house and I gave her the purse. Everything in the purse was intact when she checked inside.â€