The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase in his desire to encourage families of dead police officers, yesterday presented cheques of N10 million to the 20 families of police officers who died while in active service.
Speaking at the occasion, the IGP, who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police for Zone 12, Mr. Tunde Ognusankin, said they acknowledged the efforts of slain police officers and sympathised with the families left behind, hence the decision to offer them such support as a sign that they were not forgotten by the police authority.
The IGP explained that the money was meant to alleviate the suffering of the bereaved families as well as serve as welfare and appreciation of the service the dead officers provided to the nation.
Twenty police officers who died while fighting insurgency in the North-East states of Bauchi, Borno and Yobe were compensated through their next of kin.
He pointed out that each of the 20 families of the deceased was given a cheque of N500, 000 to enable them take care of their loved ones that are still alive, saying the benefits cut across all ranks in the force and that the amount differed depending on the rank and circumstances in which the officer departed.
The IGP, however, urged members of the families to keep faith in the police.