Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.D Abubakar today paid an unscheduled visit on five Nigeria Police officers receiving treatment at the Military Hospital, Yaba – Lagos, for varying degrees of injury received while on peace-keeping mission in Darfur, Sudan.
A statement by Frank Mba ,Force spokesman said, on 5th June, 2012, rain/wind storm known in local parlance as “Haboob” struck the camp of the Nigeria Formed Police Unit located in Zalingei, Darfur, where the Unit is deployed as part of the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The incident which occurred in the middle of the night blew off the female living quarters, as a result of which many of the officers sustained varying degrees of injury.
While some of the officers who were slightly injured were treated and discharged at various hospitals in Darfur and Sudan, these five officers sustained serious neck and chest injuries, as well as multiple fractures, necessitating their medical repatriation back to Nigeria, on 1st August, 2012, under referral to the Military Hospital, Yaba. The affected officers are: 1 Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and four rank and file.
The IGP who was on a solidarity visit to encourage and empathize with the officers, expressed satisfaction with the quality of treatment the officers are receiving and their level of recuperation. He stated that the Force is footing their medical expenses and will do everything humanly possible to facilitate their quick and full recovery.
Abubakar assured them that the Force is in liaison with UNAMID to ensure that they are adequately compensated for injuries sustained in the course of service to humanity as UN Peacekeepers in Darfur. He reiterated the resolve of his administration to prioritize welfare, to boost the morale of officers and men of Force, including personnel on various peacekeeping operations across the globe.
The Nigeria Police Force has Eight Hundred of its officers and men currently deployed in seven United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and in one each of African Union and ECOWAS Peace Missions. The countries where this missions are situated are: Liberia, Haiti, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, East Timor, Cote D’voire, Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea Bissau.