The Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mr Solomon Arase has presented cheques of N10 Million to 20 families of policemen who died while in active service.
The IGP Arase who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General Police AIG Zone 12 Mr Tunde Ognusankin , presented the cheques at Zone 12 Headquarters Bauchi , speaking he said we acknowledge the efforts of slain police men and sympathize with the families left behind, we want to show them that they are not forgotten by the Police authority.
The next of kin of the twenty policemen who died while fighting insurgency in the Northeast States of Bauchi, Borno, Yobe received the cheques.
He said that the money was meant to alleviate the suffering of the deceased families as well as welfare and appreciation of service to nation.
He said each of the twenty (20) families of the deceased was given a cheque of N500, 000.
“This will enable the families of the deceased to take care of their loved ones that are still living; we have officers that died during the course of duty,’’ he said.
Arase added that the benefits cut across all ranks in the force and that the amount differed depending on the rank and circumstances in which the officer departed.
“Each serving member usually fills form showing their next of kin and after death, we then contact their next of kin and present the cheques to them.
“With this, I am sure the little children that are left behind will be able to go to school,’’ Arase said.
Mr Solomon urged members of the family to keep faith in the police adding that the present administration is walking tirelessly to see to the welfare of all officers and men of the service.
Responding, the families express their appreciation to the police authorities for the gesture and pledged to use the money judiciously.