Published On: Wed, Mar 7th, 2018

Tamarabebe Freeman Mologe Goes To Meet His Ancestors Amidst Tears

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DCG Tamarabebe Freeman Mologe (Rtd.)

It was a gathering of who is who and a time of total reflection of what life truly is as the people of Ekise Quarters, Patani in particular and the Ijaw nation sorrowfully laid to rest one of their illustrious sons Mr. Tamarabebe Freeman Mologe (Msc, fwc, psc, a retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Immigration and later, a staff in the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme,
The situation left many broken hearts with his death at the unripe age of 64. The aged mother, Mama Obranyibo Mologe (nee Farka of Pereware quarters in Abari) could not believe that her son, whom she described as a great philanthropist is no more.
Tam Mologe as he is fondly referred to, before his death had impacted in the lives of many including those he hardly knew. He reached the pinnacle of his Career in the Nigeria Immigration Service before retiring honorably from the Service in 2013.
Ever since his retirement, DCG T F Mologe (Rtd.) had been providing Technical Support Services to the Presidential Amnesty Program, working in the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme.
DCG Tamarabebe Freeman Mologe (Rtd.) will be greatly missed by all that knew him.


Biography of the life and times of DCG TAMARABEBE FREEMAN MOLOGE (Rtd.), Psc, Fwc

Mr. Tamarabebe Freeman Mologe who is survived by an aged mother, loving wife, four children as well as brothers and sisters, was born on 25th day of March 1954 to Nelson Motto and Obranyibo Mologe of Patani, in the then Western Region now Delta State. He attended Roman Catholic Mission Primary School in Patani (1960-1966) and went on after his primary education to Government College (formerly St Brendans Grammar School), Bomadi in now Delta State (1969-1973). He was educated at the Polytechnic Ibadan between 1974 and 1976 for his Higher School Certificate -HSC. He then went to attend the University of Lagos and graduated in 1979 with B.Sc. in Political Science. Mr. Tamarabebe Freeman Mologe went on to Sokoto State for his National Youth Service between 1979/1980.

On completion of his National Youth Service, he was employed in to the Nigeria Immigration Service by Federal Government of Nigeria, as an Assistant Superintendent of Immigration (ASI) on the 4th day of August 1980 on Grade level 08. He WORKED at various post and handled different schedule, some of which are: Schedule Officer- Visa up until April 1983, when he was promoted to the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Immigration (Dsi). In 1984, he was selected as one of the six Deputy Supt. to undertake a certificate course at the Administrative Staff College, Badagry. During the Course he was assigned to produce an essay on Contiguous Ethnic Groups and their challenges along common International borders. He worked at Badagry Border Control Check-point; Supervisor, Border Control at Seme; Murtala Mohammed International Airport Control Post, Ikeja and Staff Office Administration, Lagos State Command/Zone A; he was an Instructor/Director of Discipline(DOD) at the Immigration Training School, Kano.

In 1992, Mr. T.F Mologe was promoted to Assistant Comptroller of Immigration (ACI). The promotion released coincided with realignment of rank on 1st October 1992 that moved him to Deputy Comptroller of Immigration (DCI) while still in Kano. In 1994 he was posted to head the Standard Nigeria Passport Issuance and Travel Document Section of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Delta State Command.

In 2000, Mr. T.F Mologe was promoted to the rank Comptroller of Immigration. As a Comptroller, he was head of several State Commands viz Akwa Ibom State Command, Yobe State Command, Cross Rivers State Command and Kwara State Command as well as the Admin Unit of zone H Markurdi comprising of Plateau, Kogi, Nassarawa and Benue State.

Because of his love for education, during the period he served in Akwa Ibom State, he obtained an MSc in Public Order and Information Management in 2003 from the University of Uyo. In 2006, he attended the prestigious National War College, now National Defence College, Abuja where he excelled and was awarded a letter of commendation on successful completion of Course 15 as an Immigration Service candidate. Upon completion he went on to bag a Masters in Strategic Studies at the University of Ibadan in 2008. Later in 2008, as a Comptroller of Immigration, he was transferred to the Immigration Headquarters Abuja as a Special Duties Officer to the then Comptroller General of Immigration.

As Comptroller of Immigration, Cross-River State Command, he received a letter of commendation from his Excellency Senator (Dr.) Liyel Imoke the Executive Governor of Cross River State as at 2009.


He rose from the rank of a Comptroller of Immigration to an Assistant Comptroller General (ACG) of Immigration, in which he was ACG Air Border Patrol; there after he was ACG Operations-Nigeria Immigration Headquarters. In 2012 he was ACG Operations-Nigeria Immigration Headquarters. In 2012 he was appointed Deputy Comptroller general (DCG) of Immigration and was in-charge of Operations. Thereafter, in 2013 he was posted to Border Patrol, Ecowas and Africa Affairs from where he retired in May 2013, He retired from the Nigeria Immigration Service in 2013. From 2013 after his retirement till his death, DCG T.F. Mologe (Rtd.), engaged in hobbies such as Squash, Gaming, Watching Wildlife Movies, Reading and Lawn Tennis. He joined the City Sports Club, Abuja and received various awards and plaques for his dedication and commitment to the club. He also sponsored the 2014 edition of the club’s annual tennis tournament.

DCG T.F Mologe (Rtd.) was a humble, friendly, social humorous, disciplined and courageous Izon man who had friends across Nigeria. He supported the Izon (Ijaw) Nation by contributing his quota in the best way he could.

He will surely be missed by his immediate family, friends, the Kabu-owei kingdom and the Izon (Ijaw) Nation at large. Adieu!


It is hard to accept the death of loved one most especially a husband. The love of a husband is a space that cannot be filled. The last 33years with you were the best years of my life. You’ll always be remembered for all the love and support you’ve shown me. You were a father to all, a career to all and a giver. Your kind words of wisdom, jokes, our yearly Christmas and New Year’s dances will be missed. I’m forever grateful to God for knowing you; my Prayer to God was to enjoy even more beautiful years with you after retirement. My greatest wish for you is that God grants you eternal rest; you’ll always remain the love of my life.

-By  Bumiegha Mologe (Wife)


 YES! From dust we came and unto dust shall we return. My prayers has always been “God let my father live to see me succeed and bring him pride, bring integrity and see succeed as his protégé”. Not to mention much, Daddy you were a man of intelligence, tactically resolving problems and rendering help irrespective of position or age. I will always remember December 2013 when you tagged me as not only your son but best friend and brother. I will take that memory to my grave. You were a Man of strength and courage, wisdom and knowledge. I will miss you as we are supposed to have a lot discussion to be held. You were positive till end. I will also remember some of your last words “I am fine” External rest grant unto T.F. Mologe oh Lord and let your eternal light shine upon him till we meet to path no more.

Tribute By Owei Lakemfa

WHEN I was young, I used to reflect that nature in its eternal generosity gave us ‘spare parts’. We had two eyes, and in the absence of one, the other could still function; the ears are two, the arms, legs, lungs, ovaries, testes and kidneys come in pairs.

But I had only one elder brother, Vincent Kurowei (VK) Lakemfa. I didn’t think much about him being the only one; he was everything to me as he led me gently through childhood into adolescence. As a High School kid, he introduced me to the world of news and books. He was always clutching a reading material and came back from the mega supermarkets with books.

As I grew, I went beyond reading the title of publications on his bookshelves to actually reading them. Soul On Ice by Eldridge Cleaver was one I remember quite clearly for it opened my eyes to racism and African American resistance by the Black Panthers, and unforgettable Brothers like Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton.

Books like that led me to a recurring name, Malcolm X. Like magic, I discovered his autobiography on VK’s bookshelf and devoured it. One book frequently mentioned, which was on his bookshelf I could not get myself to read was one with the tantalizing title, Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon; I did not seem to understand it. But in my first year in the university, it became like my Bible.

That reminds me that VK ensured I went through the university. Back in my youth, he influenced my taste of music; reggae, and of course, Afro Beat as he was a devotee of the Afrikan Shrine and Fela’s music.

Then my world seemed to collapse when without warning, VK was gone! That was in 1986. I then reflected that despite its eternal generosity, nature gave us only one head, one liver and one heart; I had no spare elder brother.

However, 29 years later when I became Media Consultant to the Presidential Amnesty Programme, I encountered Tamarabebe (Tam) Freeman Mologe on the Programme’s Management Team. He seemed so familiar. When he was introduced to me, his name rang a bell of past acquaintance. After the meeting, he called and greeted me familiarly. Then I was in one shock after the other; he asked about my siblings and extended families; both maternal and paternal. He knew my late parents quite well! Then a few days later, he made reference to an occasion with VK!

I came to realise that apart from being a younger friend of my brother who passed away three decades earlier, they had a lot in common. Friendly and unassuming. Mologe clutched newspapers or books wherever he went just like VK. When he read an opinion I wrote in the newspapers, he discussed it and suggested I needed to read more about colonial Nigeria especially its administration.

He backed it up by bringing books I never heard about the topic. I run two columns in the ‘Vanguard Newspapers’ and could be sure that by the time we met in the office, he had read my column for the day and we discussed it. His office was upstairs; whenever he passed, he was sure to come into my office.

Gradually, the staff came to know that whenever they could not find him in his office, mine was one place he was likely to be. He was so doting that he would ask his drivers to take me anywhere even when I also have an official car! Most times he came into my office; a familiar question was “Owei, you write so much, have you eaten?” If he was not convinced about my answer, he ordered food. Even when I had eaten, he insisted I share his food.

Mologe was so steep in Ijaw history, culture and tradition, that he became my consultant; free of course! The Ijaw language had many variations, and it was always a delight watching him switch from one to another. When I accompanied Mologe on official trips, I watched an artist weave tradition, whether it was before Ijaw or Urhobo monarchs or the Olu of Warri.

On such occasions, his performance was like a professional ballet dancer or an Olympic gymnastics champion. What death deprived me from learning by snatching VK, I learnt from Brother Mologe.

I had been a very restless young man, and as a student activist, visited virtually all the tertiary institutions including Schools of Nursing and Basic Studies. As a journalist for about two decades, I criss-crossed the country and thought I knew Nigeria. That was before I renewed my acquaintance with Mologe; there was no town I mentioned, he was not familiar with. In contrast, he mentioned many, I had not even heard about.

As the struggle against Boko Haram terrorists progressed in the North-East with one village or town contested, I would go to him to find out about such places and he was sure to know. He had been Deputy Controller-General of the Immigration Services and worked across the country. But that was not why he was an expert on Nigerian towns and borders; he had a passion for it, studied them and quite often, visited, going far beyond the call of duty. Apart from Professor Anthony Ashiwaju, he was the only other expert on borders I knew.

In 2017, my old Comrade, Abdulkadir Isa, a retired Immigration officer visited me from Kano. I asked whether he knew Mologe. He shot up, inquired if I meant the retired DCG, I confirmed. He said he knew the name in service, but never met him.” He is the expert on borders in the Immigration”. When I told him Mologe had an office upstairs, he insisted we go see him immediately. After introducing them, Isa did not come down with me. Such was the attraction of Mologe.

I asked him why he did not write a book on our borders only to discover that he had a big manuscript. He also told me about a project on the electronic mapping of our borders especially the North-East he was involved in under the Federal Government with some foreign experts. His regret was that after his retirement, the project seemed to have died.

On January 26, I called his wife’s number, he picked. We discussed. Three days later, I called and the wife informed me that he had been hospitalized. About midnight Monday, January 30, 2018, the elder brother I did not know I had, passed on. He is to be interred in Patani on March 2. I realised that even if nature gave us two pairs of body parts, both can be lost.



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