- Governor Shettima has given N2.5 million to the families of five policemen who died in an autocrash
- The policemen met their untimely death while on their way to pick the deputy governor of the state, Usman Mamman Durkwa and his entourage in Gombe airport
- Shettima also gave N2 million to five other policemen who sustained injuries in the incident
Borno state government on Thursday, January 31, gave out N500,000 each to the families of five deceased policemen/officers who died on official duty in a ghastly motor accident.
Legit.ng regional reporter in Maiduguri, Ndahi Inusa, reports that the government also gave N200,000 to each of the five other policemen who sustained various degrees of injuries during the incident.
The police officers were on their way to pick the deputy governor, Usman Mamman Durkwa and his entourage in Gombe airport when the sad incident occurred on January 14, at Fintiri in Darazo local government area of Bauchi state, where five of them died on the spot, living five others injured.
Presenting condolence letter to the Borno state police commissioner, Damian Chukwu, and the cash to the families of the deceased/victims, Governor Shettima who was represented by his deputy, Usman Durkwa, at the government House, Maiduguri, said the young officers died while serving their fatherland and at the time their services are much needed.
He said: "On behalf of government and people of the state, we expressed our heartfelt condolence over the sudden death of the police officers and prayed to Almighty Allah (God) to grant the souls of the deceased eternal rest and the families the fortitude to bear the irreparable lost.
"We also pray for quick recovery to those who sustained various degree of injuries during the incident.
"As government, we are giving these token of N500,000 each to families of the deceased to cushion their immediate hardship, while N200,000 will be given to each of the five policemen who sustained injuries settle their medical bills."
In his response on behalf of the Nigeria Police Force, Borno state command, CP Damian Chukwu, commended the state government for its concern on the welfare of policemen in the state.
He stressed that the cash assistance will go a long way in assisting the families of the deceased, adding that, this is not the first time the state government is giving such kind of assistance to the Nigeria Police Force.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the the Akwa Ibom state commissioner of police, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, disclosed that about 30 policemen and officers sacrificed their lives in the service of their fatherland in the last one month.
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