The Force Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday paid a total of Sixty Nine million, Seven Hundred and Seventy Seven Thousand (N69,777,700.00) was paid out to families of Police officers and men who died in the line of duty and those who sustained varying degrees of injuries as accrued insurance benefits and medical expenses.
Inspector General of Police MD Abubakar who was represented by DIG Philemon I. Leha described the occasion as emotional and said the Police as the most visible agency of government, has its personnel vulnerably exposed to different types of dangers in the course of their duty. He assured, that despite these occupational hazards, the Police will not be deterred but rather get more committed in performing its constitutional roles to the nation.
CSP Frank E. Mba ,deputy force public relations officer in a press release said the IG noted that the money paid was to assist in alleviating the suffering of the immediate families and other beneficiaries of the deceased. The IGP while admitting that the amount of money provided may not be sufficient to solve all the problems of the beneficiaries, urged them to ensure prudent and optimum use of the funds.
Mr. Horsfall Opiriyabo a beneficiary of late Inspector Horsfall Roggers on behalf of the beneficiaries thanked the Police authorities for their kindness and promised that the money will be used judiciously. He further appealed for decentralization of the collection of the insurance claims as he stated that this will reduce the risk of travelling long distances to Abuja by the Next-of-Kin and relatives of the deceased officers.