The Rivers Governor, Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike CON has donated the sum of N70m to the families of three slain police officers and an injured officer on active duty at the Okoro nu Odo (Rumuokoro) Flyover in December 2022.
Governor Wike presented the cheque of N20m to the widows of each slain officer and N10m to the injured officer at the Nigerian Police Headquarters, Rivers Police Command, on Tuesday.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Wenike Danagogo, the Governor commiserated with the Police Command and families of the slain officers.
He stated that the reason why the Government of Rivers introduced the Officers Welfare Policy is to encourage and support officers and their families in the face of fatality while on active duty and to make certain that men and women of the various security agencies who work hard to guarantee the security and safety of Rivers are not left alone when they suffer casualty.
“We are here to let you know that the officers did not die in vain. When you serve this Country and serve this State, it is never in vain. Whatever situation you find yourselves, we are aware and as a government identify with you.
“Your husbands died while serving this Country and State. Rivers Government truly appreciates their efforts and contributions.
Speaking to the injured officer, the Governor admonished him to keep faith as the State Government has taken up the expenses incurred in his recovery journey.
On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Rivers Command, CP Okon O. Effiong, thanked the Governor for honouring the families of the slain officers and standing tall with the Police Command in its trying times.
He further charged beneficiaries to judiciously use the token to the benefits of their families.
The widow of late Inspector Enekele John, Mrs. Maria John, prayed for the blessings of God on the Governor for remembering the widows and supporting the families of the slain officers.
The SSG was accompanied by the Commissioners of Information and Communications – Chris Finebone, and Social Welfare and Rehabilitation – Barr. Mrs Inime Aguma.