Families of slain policemen receive N55m

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

R-L: *Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, presenting a cheque to widow of one of the killed Policemen in Ishawo, Ikorodu, Mariam Mamuda, while the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, carries her baby, Aishat during the presentation of cheques to the Families of the Killed Policemen by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday

Families of security officers who recently lost their lives in the Ishawo community in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, after an ambush by militants, have been presented with cheques totaling fifty five million naira.

L-R: *Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni; Chairman, Lagos State Neigbourhood Safety Corps, Rtd. D.I.G Israel Ajao; widows of killed Policemen, Mrs. Temilade Godwin; Mariam Mamuda; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Son of killed Policeman, Mr. Francis Emmanuel; CSP. Ejiofor Obiora during the presentation of cheques to the Families of the Killed Policemen by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday

The families of four police officers that died during the operation got N10 million each, while an officer who sustained an injury during the attack and is still recuperating in hospital, Sgt. Alexandra Ugadu got N5million.

Also, a cheque of N10 million was presented to the family of a military officer, Captain A. Mohammed who lost his life during the attack.

The gallant officers were killed after successfully rescuing kidnapped victims kept in the riverine area by the militants. 

The police officers’ whose families benefited from the death insurance scheme of the State Government are late Inspectors Godwin Iroagbalahi, Francis Pemi, Sergeants Mamuda Dembo and Idor Ekoro.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said the move was in appreciation of the supreme sacrifices paid by the late officers in the course of ensuring the safety of residents of the state.

Insurance benefits

Governor Ambode said the donation was in line with the pledge to review insurance benefits to security operatives in the State.

“We must continue to appreciate them because if we don’t do this, who will be ready to pay the supreme sacrifice for our safety? The officers are sent out to protect us and when they are going, they are not even sure of coming back and having paid the supreme sacrifice. Should we leave them just like that? Definitely not and it is in appreciation of what they have done that we are doing this,” he said.

The State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni commended the state government for the donations, which he described as a morale booster, saying that the gesture would go a long way in motivating officers.

“On behalf of the Inspector General of Police, I stand to appreciate Lagos State Government for this morale boosting gesture that you have showed to our colleagues who, in the course of discharging their statutory duties to this nation, demonstrated bravery, gallantry and courage but unfortunately lost their lives in an encounter with criminal elements.

The IG appreciates this gesture and on behalf of the respective families of the officers that lost their lives, in as much as we know that money will not bring their lives back, but you have given us that confidence that in our trial and sadness period, the State is standing solidly behind us; this will spur us to be more committed to the security of the State,” Owoseni said.

On assumption of office, Governor Ambode had reviewed the insurance benefits for security operatives in the State with a pledge to pay N10million to any officer killed during operation, adding that the ceremony was in consonance with the earlier promise.

In the same vein, the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, (LSSTF), presented 20 new operational vehicles to the Rapid Response Squad- an Anti-Crime Outfit of the State Police Command.

Cross Section of the 20 Patrol vehicles presented to the Rapid Response Squad by the Lagos State Government at the Lagos House, on Monday, May 15

Executive Secretary of LSSTF, Dr Abdulrazaq Balogun, said the donation of the operational vehicles was in furtherance of the commitment of the State Government to improve the security architecture.