Abuja - Families of 16 policemen killed by terrorists during the recent attack on Gamboru, the border town between on Nigeria and Cameroon have received compensation.
The Borno State Government had presented a financial palliative of N16,8 million to the police authorities in the state to be shared among families of the deceased and four that were wounded.
The Commissioner of Police, Lawan Tanko, who gave out the cash, explained that N1 million was given to each of the 16 families of the dead cops and N200 000 each to the four injured policemen.
He explained that the police authorities were working on the entitlements of the deceased policemen.
“Today as we gathered here, it is a sad moment because we are here to witness the issuance of relief provided by the Borno State Government to the families of some of our colleagues we lost at Gamboru Ngala attack,” he said.
Tanko told the families that the money was assistance and not the payment of death benefit.
He added arrangements were already in place for the payment of their benefits to the families as one of the cardinal objectives of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar.
A widow of one of the slain policemen, Kuve Vincent, bemoaned the lack of capacity within the force.
“Our husbands are killed because they are made to confront the insurgents without sophisticated weapon and it will be disastrous to allow this to continue,” she said.
Vincent added that the federal government could only limit the casualties in the fight against insurgents if policemen were well equipped.
She also appealed to police authorities to desist from stopping the salaries of deceased policemen killed on active service immediately because most of the wives of these officers were not employed.
“It will only amount to double tragedy to stop the money that should have been given to a mourning widow,” she said.
– CAJ News
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