Good Beautiful Cleaner Returned N12m Found At Lagos Airport

February 27, 2015 8:01 am

A cleaner with one of the cleaning concessionaires at the Murtala
Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Ikeja, , has returned the sum
of N12m found at the terminal.
The cleaner, Miss Josephine Agwu, who is said to be on a monthly
salary of N7,800, returned the sum, which was probably left behind by a
passenger at the security unit of the airport.
Our correspondent gathered that the incident happened on January 23,
2015, while Agwu was cleaning a toilet near the screening point of the
departure area of the airport.

Speaking with some journalists at the terminal, Agwu explained that
she saw a small handbag left behind by a passenger and acted on
instruction that any bag left unattended to in the airport terminal must
be picked and deposited with security department of the
airport.
She said after asking other passengers if the bag belonged to
anyone of them and they all responded negatively, she picked up the bag
and took it to the security where it was opened and found that it
contained $27,000 and other currencies, including naira, which added up
to N12m.
She, however, told journalists that a passenger on Emirates
Airlines, who was later simply identified as Samuel from Anambra State
claimed ownership of the bag and its contents from the aviation security
after much screening.

She added: “If I had taken what doesn’t belong to me, God will punish
me. I am content with my N7,800 monthly salary. It was not my money. I
believe when it pleases God, He will bless the work of my hands and will
make me rich.

“This is not the first time I am doing this. This is the third time
in this airport. The first was in the departure area. It belonged to a
Nigerian. The second was at the screening point; it belonged to a white
man. Of all, only the white man rewarded me with $50, which I rejected
until my colleagues prevailed on me to collect it.”
Agwu holds an Ordinary National Diploma, OND, in accounting. She
also said she had worked with many airlines as casual worker in Enugu
with a track record of honesty without anyone of them offering her full
employment before she moved to Lagos to seek greener pastures, but
instead again, got a job in the airport as a cleaner.
The Airport Manager, MMIA, Lagos, Mr. Nathaniel Auta, confirmed the report when asked by our correspondent.
He said: “It was true that a cleaner with one of the concessionaires
discovered such a huge amount of money and returned it to security. It
is a very good testimony for us all.”
Also confirming the development, Chief Security Officer, CSO, of
the Lagos International Airport, Colonel Carl Onalo (rtd), said the lady
in question must be appreciated for her honesty to encourage others.
He said management of the airport and possibly that of the Federal
Airports Authority of , FAAN, would do everything possible to
celebrate her honesty at the airport
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