Richard Ginika Izuora
The Nigeria Police, on Friday, January 29, revealed the payment of N160 million to families of officers killed during the #EndSARS protest in October 2020.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu; who presented the cheques to 39 beneficiaries at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Adamu said the Nigeria Police Force would never abandon ‘families of colleagues and officers; who gallantly laid down their lives in the service of the country.’
The IGP added that the Force Insurance Unit was able to process and pay the entitlements of the police officers in record time; noting that though the profession is a unique and highly rewarding career; it also came with a high risk for the officers.
“Today, we shall be presenting 39 cheques of group life insurance and the IGP Welfare Scheme; amounting to N160,153,998 to families of officers killed during the #EndSARS protests.
“I do appreciate that no monetary reward can compensate for the lives of loved ones and breadwinners; but our prayers are with families of affected officers,” he said before presenting the cheques to the families.
“We want you to utilize the money judiciously in meeting the training and welfare needs; of the children and wives of the late officers so that their deaths will not be in vain,” he added.