By Dennis Mernyi

It was a day of joy and glory for the family of Superintendent of Police, (SP) Evarestus Ahee Akwaya (rtd) as he gave thanks to God for a meritorious service and retirement from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) after 35 years.

The Thanksgiving Service held at the St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Apir near Mkd had in attendance the celebrant, his beloved wife and family.

His immediate boss who he worked for over 20 years while in service, AIG Arungwa Nwazue in charge of Zone 5 Benin, and Brigadier General Er of the Nigerian Army Corps, Abuja. The thanksgiving service also attracted many other retired and serving police officers.

An elaborate reception in his honour was organized by his close friends across the country at the City Bay Event Center in Makurdi, where guests were lavishly treated with assorted sumptuous meals and drinks to their satisfaction.

They were also thrilled with the scintillating performance of the international award winning dancing troupe of the Benue State Arts and Culture.

Born 56 years ago to Pay Ahee Akwaya and Mama Kasevhemba Paulina Ahee Akwaya in Agagbe in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State, SP Everestus Akwaya attended St. Francis Primary School Agagbe for his primary education from 1974 to 1980, and the Government Comprehensive Secondary School (GCSS) Naka from 1980 to 1986 after which he was enlisted in the police service in 1989 through the instrumentality of his uncle, late Chief Padopads Awunah, the father of late AIG Don Awunah.

In the course of 35 years career, he was privileged to serve in very critical formations of the NPF including operations, tactical and administrative departments.

He also served in several formations including Divisional Head Quarters ‘A’ Division Gboko; Egbeda Division and State CID in Ogun State Command; FCID annex, Alagbon Close, Lagos; Special Fraud Unit, No.13 Milverton road, Ikoyi, Lagos; IGP Monitoring Unit, FHQ Abuja and Akwa Ibom State Command.

At various times, SP Ahee was part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission to Haiti and also to Namibia; Unit Commander, Nigeria Police Mobile Force, Mopol 31 Asaba; Unit Commander Nigeria Police Special Protection Unit (SPU) Base 7, Abuja; Investigation Police Officer (IPO) Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID) Abuja; and Sector Commander, IGP Special Task Force on Petroleum and Illegal Bunkering.

Until his retirement, he was the Personal Assistant and Administrative Assistant to AIG Arungwa Nwazue Udochukwu, PSC (+), mni, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Benin.

While in service, SP Ahee attended the Corporal Promotion Course in Maiduguri; Sergeant Promotion Course in Bauchi and Police lnspectors Course at the Police Service Ikeja. Others are General Detective Course 45 at the Police College Enugu; Advanced Intelligence Course at the Police College Enugu as well as the Advanced Detective Course at the Police Staff College, Jos.

SP Akwaya had enrolled for and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Degree in Sociology at the University of Abuja in 2018. He also earned an M.Sc in Security and Strategic Studies at the Nasarawa State University Keffi in 2022.

SP Everestus Ahee Akwaya who is widely travelled both within and outside the country, is happily married to Mrs. Shanpepe Ahee and they are blessed with children.

Speaking to journalists at the event, the AIG in charge of Zone 5, Benin City, Arungwa Nwazue Udochukwu described SP Ahee (rtd) as “a goal getter, a hardworking, reliable, trusted and a friend to have”.

AIG Arungwa prayed God to preserve SP Akwaya retd and grant him the grace to enjoy the fruits of his labour, and commended the celebrant for bowing out of the police service meritoriously after service to the fatherland.

The officiating priest at the thanksgiving service, Rev. Fr. Dr. Gabriel Ngbea, who also described the celebrant as a young and energetic man, urged him to always seek God in whatever he wish to do.

Rev. Fr. Ngbea used the thanksgiving which coincided with the resurrection of Jesus Christ and advised Christians not to allow the resurrection go in vain, but continue to pass it on from generation to generation.

He taught that if Christ had not risen from the dead, man wouldn’t have gotten salvation, adding that in Christ, man has hope for future resurrection and charged the worshippers to be the first to announce the resurrection of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene did.

The priest acknowledged the role women played in the propagation of the resurrection of Christ, adding that the resurrection is the beginning of the actualization of God’s plan to humanity.



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