The immediate past commandant-general of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Prof. Ade Abolurin, has revealed that he escaped death by the whiskers when the pilot of a plane he boarded (names withheld) from Abuja to Lagos, announced that he had lost control, following a development of technical fault mid- air, a week to the fatal Bellview plane crash that claimed several lives in 2005.
Abolurin, who also disclosed that aside the recent fire accident he suffered, he survived several assassination attempts by sponsored gunmen who attacked his official car in Plateau State in the course of rendering his services to the nation, attributed his overwhelming victory to God Almighty, who has remained his shield and weapon of warfare from birth.
Making the startling revelation, yesterday, at a pre- polling out and successful retirement interdenominational thanksgiving service held in his honour at the National Christian Center, Abuja, Abolurin who expressed appreciation to God that he was not leaving the corps in a casket nor ambulance but healthy and hearty amidst celebration and positive testimonies, said, he has no regrets serving the nation and the NSCDC.
“My success story will be incomplete if I fail to acknowledge God’s divine hand upon my life in the course of rendering my services to this great nation. I came as an ordinary man to Abuja but God refined and kept me. Those who attempted to eliminate me failed to consider the strength of what Abolurin (God is with me ) means.” The former NSCDC boss stated, adding, “I escaped several assassination attempts, plane crash, bullets, charms, bomb explosions and even fire disaster, all because I surrendered my life to God as my pillar, recognising that I am the apple of God’s eyes and a divine project in his hands.”
The immediate past, civil defence boss, who told the overwhelmed congregation that he received over twenty (20) petitions while in active service, regretted that he lost his driver to one of the deadly attacks while he had the grace to escaped unhurt.
According to Abolurin, “When they discovered that they were indeed wasting their bullets, they started beating me with wheel spanners, sticks and various kinds of metals. I told them that they will be tired. They beat me until they started beating themselves. At that point, I prayed and told God to make them run the race of their lives. They all started running and left me on the floor.”
Abolurin who shocked the congregation, said when they left, about 57 cartridges were found inside my car, 105 were found on the floor where the car was packed while 1,250 unused bullets were also recovered from the attackers sent to kill him, after their arrest.
He urged the new leadership of the corps to be focused and ensure sustainability and promote unity as the only panacea for growth and more achievements.