Perhaps the Nigerian Customs and Excise has made history when it rendered full Military Honours to the late Yoruba and Egba Monarch, Oba Olufemi Taylor, who was a retired Assistant Comptroller General of the Service, at the Monarch’s burial at Kobape, near Abeokuta on Wednesday, 29 December, 2021.
This observation was made by the Custom Area Comptroller of Customs, Ogun State Area 1 Command, Dera Nnadi, who was speaking on behalf of the Comptroller General of the Service, Nigeria, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (RTD) at the burial of Oba Johnson Oluwafemi Taylor.
In his speech, after solitary parade by a detachment of Custom Officers at the Monarch’s burial, Custom Area Comptroller, Ogun 1 Command, Comptroller Dera Nnadi, disclosed that, Olu Kobape and ACG, Nigeria Custom Service, was the first Monarch and retired Officer to enjoy such a rare privilege, especially in Yoruba area of Nigeria.
Comptroller Dera Nnadi, who told Newsflagship Reporters that, the situation was his first experience adding that, the late Officer really deserved the honour of the parade and 16-Gun Salute at the late Oba’s Grave.
He made it known, that the late officer was somebody that was very strict, judicious and dedicated to the core, both as Monarch and Custom Officer, adding that, the late Egba monarch was equally very fair and just to all.
Comptroller Nnadi disclosed that, the late Olu Kobape was a disciplined personality, who impacted a legacy of professionalism and deduction to many generations of officers.
He recalled that, they used to call him, ,” Mr Tariff,” while in he was in the Custom Service, because of his vast knowledge about the job.
He added that, no one would mention him in the Custom Service, without remembering the word ‘discipline.’
Comptroller Nnadi also reiterated that, they were not surprised, when the late ACG Taylor, retired as a Custom Officer and his people chose him as their Kabiyesi, knowing he was the one worthy to bring development to their land.
He said, he strongly believed that, the late Oba Olufemi Taylor was a best community leader, respected and adored by his people.
The Ogun Comptroller General admonished everyone that, the Late Oba Femi Taylor had helped to join Custom and other Security Forces to continue to serve the country judiciously.
Other Dignitaries present at the internment included, Chief (Mrs) Alaba Lawson, Proprietress of Mercyland Group of Schools, Dr (Mrs) AnuOluwapo Bankole, Aare Aroko Oba, Chief Oyesiku, the Proverbial three in one Oshile Oke-Ona Egba Oloris, the Agura’s Olori, Ace TV Broadcasters Kkliitan Oyesiku and Tunde Oluwasola. Chiefs Duro Sikulola, Alani Kafidipe and Aare Baaroyin of Egbaland, Chief Layi Labode.