NSCDC officials, friends bid Ahwen’s remains farewell
The officers and men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday paid their last respect to the remains of late Mr John Ahwen, Anambra State Commandant of the corps.
Ahwen was deployed to Anambra in 2016 and died on Sept.10 in Awka following stomach complications.
However, the ambulance carrying white-coloured casket bearing Ahwen’s remains landed at NSCDC headquarters Awka at about 9.10 am on Wednesday where scores of the officers and men of the command filed out to respect their departed boss.
Rev. Fr. Joseph Obianwo, assistant Parish Priest, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Awka who conducted brief prayers, described the deceased as a lecturer for the living who gathered to bid him farewell.
“Late John Ahwen is before us today as a lecturer, because we can take home from him that life is not saved by gun or any form of weapon, but only God has control over life.
“The living should not see life as a do-or-die affair; we should all know that nobody is indispensable and endeavour to live for others in our day-to-day lifestyle,’’ he said.
The catholic clergy man stressed the need for people to live exemplary lifestyle, noting that that was the only way to achieve a healthier society.
Mr Onoyom Bassey, the Assistant Commandant General NSCDC, Zone G, Benin, who represented Mr Abdullahi Muhammadu, the Commandant General of NSCDC said the death of Ahwen was painful to the corps.
Bassey commended the Anambra State Government for the assistance given to the corps before the death of their officer and in the course of his burial arrangement.
Prof. Solo Chukwudebelu, who represented Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra, said Ahwen was a committed partner in the efficient security achievement in the state since his deployment to the state.
NAN reports that officers and men of NSCDC, government officials, heads of security services in the state and friends paid their last respect during a brief laying in state of the remains of Ahwen.
The body was later taken to Benue, his home state. (NAN)