A Nigerian tissue seller in Seville, Spain is currently making the headlines for his remarkable honesty in returning a lost briefcase containing the sum of €16,000. The briefcase containing the money fell off the roof of a car.
The Nigerian, Peter Angelina makes a living by selling packets of paper handkerchiefs at a traffic light junction in Seville, Spain. On December 3rd, Angelina was selling his wares like every other day when he saw the briefcase fall off the roof of the car as it pulled away. On seeing that, the man picked up the briefcase and went after the car in a bid to flag it down and hand it over to the owner. But he was unsuccessful in catching up with the car or getting the driver’s attention so he can stop.
Determined to return it, the man now being praised as a good Samaritan took the briefcase to a nearby police station. When the briefcase was opened by the police, it was discovered it contained €3,150 in cash – as well as six cheques with a combined value of €13,000, making the total of the money a little over sixteen thousand euros. Also contained in the briefcase were documents and a mobile phone. The money contained in the briefcase the 35-year-old Nigerian man returned is more than what he has seen since he left Nigerian 10 years ago to London and then to Spain where he currently lives.
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The owner of the briefcase was tracked down by the police and his belongings were returned to him. The owner is a 42-year-old businessman from Seville. On getting his belongings, the businessman tracked down Angelina and gave him €100 as appreciation and his honesty in returning his briefcase untouched, the Euronews reports.
Talking to the local media about what people were telling him to do about the briefcase, Angelina said: “People say I could have kept the money and then thrown the briefcase away but I am not like that, and God wouldn’t have liked that. I am not crazy, I am a good man.”
While Angelina sells tissue along the road to make a living in Spain, the man is actually a qualified doctor but could not practice his profession in Spain because his Nigerian medical degree from the University of Lagos was not recognized. Still passionate about his profession, Angelina started studying medicine again in Seville five years ago and now supports himself with the income he makes from selling tissue paper. In addition to what he makes, he also gets a little financial help from his father who is alleged to be working with the Nigerian police force.