The Imo State governor, Hope Uzodimma has given a cheque of N5 million each to the families of 21 police officers who were murdered in the line of duty by “unknown gunmen” in the state.
The event took place at the Imo State police command in Owerri, when the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, visited the state.
Also, this followed the commissioning of the Operation Search and Flush headquarters in Owerri, said to be one of the Uzodimma’s strategies to address the issue of insecurity in the state.
The governor said that he came to compensate the families to assure them of the state government support and would not allow them to suffer as their loved ones who died in the line of duty contributed immensely to the peace the state is currently enjoying.
Earlier, the IGP, said: “I am here on the invitation of the state government to commission some equipment and I want to commend the Imo State government, the way the state government has been collaborating with the police.
“More especially, how the state government was able to provide equipment for the police to function effectively and also how the state government support them this alone can encourage the officers. We say thank you.”