The families of the security officers who lost their lives during a face-off between militants in Ishawo have received a sum of N55m from the Lagos State Governor, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday inform of cheques.
According to Punch, this information was revealed on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary of Lagos, Habib Aruna.
In the statement, the families of the four police officers who lost their lives during the face-off, whose names were Insp. Godwin Iroagbalahi, Insp. Francis Pemi, Sgt. Mamuda Dembo and Sgt. Idor Ekoro got N10m each.
Sgt. Alexandra Ugadu, another officer who is still recovering from the injuries sustained during the attack got N5m.
The family of another military officer Capt. A Mohammed received a cheque of N10m. The deceased military officer also lost his life during the attack.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello who represented the Lagos State Governor, mentioned that the donation was in line with the pledge to review insurance benefits to security operatives in the State.
He said, “This is to appreciate what the gallant officers have done; they sacrificed their lives in the course of protecting several of us and we have to appreciate them. As a matter of fact, if we don’t do this, who will? The Governor has always said that we must continue to appreciate those who paid the supreme sacrifice for our lives because they died for us.
“We must continue to appreciate them because if we don’t do this, who will be ready to pay the supreme sacrifice for our safety? The officers are sent out to protect us and when they are going, they are not even sure of coming back and having paid the supreme sacrifice, should we leave them just like that, definitely not and it is in appreciation of what they have done that we are doing this,” he said.
The State’s Commissioner of Police in turn appreciated the Governor on behalf of families who benefited from the Governor’s donations.
Mr. Fatai Owoseni said the donations were inform of moral boosters as they would go a long way in motivating officers.