The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr Solomon Arase has presented cheques of N10 Million to 20 families of policemen who died in active service.
Represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Zone 12, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin, the cheques were presented at Zone 12 Headquarters Bauchi, with the Police boss stating that the Force acknowledged the efforts of the slain police men and sympathized with the families they left behind, stressing that the gesture was to show them that they are not forgotten by the Police authority.
The next of kin of the 20 policemen who died while fighting insurgency in the North East states of Bauchi, Borno and Yobe states coolected the cheques.
Arase said that the money was meant to alleviate the suffering of the deceaseds’ families as well as welfare and appreciation for their service to the nation.
According to him, each of the 20 families of the dead Policemen was given a cheque of N500,000 to enable the families to take care of their loved ones.
He disclosed that the benefits cut across all ranks in the force and that the amount paid differed depending on the rank and circumstances of death of the personnel.
The IGP said,“each serving member usually fills a 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,” he said.
He then appealed to members of the families to keep faith with the police, adding that the present administration was working tirelessly to see to the welfare of all officers and men of the service.
The families expressed their appreciation to the Police authorities for the gesture and pledged to use the money judiciously.