Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike on Tuesday doled out a total sum of N70 million to families of three police officers killed in an attack at the Rumuokoro flyover bridge, in Port Harcourt the state capital.
A police officer who was also injured in the incident also benefited from the largesse.
While presenting the cheque to the families of the slain officers on behalf of Wike, Secretary to Rivers State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, commiserated with the police Command and families over the death of their colleagues and their loved ones.
Dagogo said the donation was part of the officers’ welfare policy introduced by the Wike administration to encourage and support officers and their families in the face of fatality while on active duty.
According to him, the gesture is also 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 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.
Wike also admonished the injured officer to keep fate as the state government has taken up the expenses incurred in his recovery journey.
Wike said that residents of Rivers State can testify that indeed the efforts of the police and other security agencies in the state are yielding dividends in terms of peace and security.
Speaking at the event, the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command, CP Okon Effiong, commended the Governor for honouring the families of the slain officers and standing tall with the police command in its trying times.
Effiong advised the beneficiaries to judiciously use the token to the benefit of their families.