The Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, has donated the sum of N70m to families of three slain police and injured officers 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 State Police Command.
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 state 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 of Rivers state 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 as a government identify with you.
“Your husbands’ died while serving this country and state. Rivers state government truly appreciates their efforts and contributions.
“We know this token will not wipe away your tears or replace your husbands, but we believe that it will impress upon your mind that your husbands died while working for a worthy cause and even God Almighty, will not abandon those they left behind,” he said.
On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Rivers state 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.