€37,000 return: NAF gives personnel, Bashir Umar 10-year promotion

€37,000 return: NAF gives personnel, Bashir Umar 10-year promotion

The Aircraftman Bashir Umar, who returned €37,000 found in a parcel at Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano has been given the Nigerian Air Force. He was promoted two levels, from Aircraftman to the rank of Corporal, a promotion that would have taken him ten years to achieve, NAN reports. Umar, who is a member of

The Aircraftman Bashir Umar, who returned €37,000 found in a parcel at Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano has been given the Nigerian Air Force.

He was promoted two levels, from Aircraftman to the rank of Corporal, a promotion that would have taken him ten years to achieve, NAN reports.

THE AIRCRAFTMAN BASHIR UMAR

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 on Thursday at Air Force Headquarters, 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 stated 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,” the air chief said.

Aside decorating Umar with his new rank, Abubakar also gave him a letter of commendation.

The Commander, National Air Defence Corps, Ikeja, AVM Bashiru Mamman, had said that Umar displayed a rare show of honesty and integrity when he found and returned the money.

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He thanked the CAS for considering Umar for an award, saying that it was gratifying and would encourage other airmen to exhibit such honesty.

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 converting the money for personal use, runs foul the doctrine of honesty taught in religious books.

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