The Ogun State Police Command presented checks to about 16 widows and children of police officers and policewomen who had died on Monday while performing their duties. They had been employed by the command.
At the Police Headquarters, Eleweran, in the state capital of Abeokuta, Lanre Bankole, the commissioner of police, gave the recipients checks totaling N55,510,093 in cash.
Family members of the officers who died at the beginning of last year and this year received the checks.
While speaking with them, Bankole stated that the purpose of the financial assistance was to lessen the burden the families of the fallen heroes were experiencing.
According to the CP, the Inspector General of Police was worried about the fate of the families who had been left behind and promised to see to it that the rewards were given to the heroes’ kin.
He said, “What we are doing today is in tandem with the IGP’s order to alleviate the hardship that has come upon the families of those fallen heroes who have lost their lives in the cause of duty.
“The IGP has deemed it necessary to ensure that benefits are paid to next of kins of these fallen heroes. And it is in that line that today, we are presenting cheques totaling N55,510,093 to the beneficiaries of these late officers.”
The police boss further said police authority would support officers involved in accidents in the cause of their duty.
“It is referred to as group life assurance which is a policy that had been subscribed to by Nigeria Police to cater for families and beneficiaries of officers in unfortunate incidents of loss of lives.”
“We also have the group personal accident which is to cater for officers who may have been maimed or suffer some deformity in the cause of their duty.
“So, I have the honour on behalf of the Inspector General of Police of the Federation to present 16 cheques,” Bankole said.
One of the beneficiaries, Adekunle Mariam, commended the police authority for the support, adding that it would ease the financial difficulties of the families.
She said, “For me, receiving this gesture from the IGP and the entire Nigeria Police, I will say I feel good. It is like a blessing to me and my siblings.
“My mum was like the bread winner of the family. With this, I know we will survive. I will make sure we put it into good use, so whenever we remember our mum we know that she was a good warrior.”