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Families of slain policemen in Ishawo get lifeline


Owoseni presenting money to the son of one of the victims. Inset is a wounded officer

In what appears to be a rare gesture by the police institution, the Lagos State Police Command yesterday rewarded families of the slain policemen at Isawo, Ikorodu area of Lagos with millions of naira. He also rewarded other policemen that were injured during the attack.

Four policemen and an army captain were on April 9, ambushed by suspected militants while responding to distress call that some people were being kidnapped in the area. They died on the spot while three others escaped with severe bullet wounds.

The Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, conveying the message of the Inspector General of Police gave the dead officers police hummus commissioner of police recommendation letter and cash rewards.

During the ceremony where the cash and posthumous certificate of gallantry were given to the families at the state command headquarters, Owoseni said the monies and certificates were to demonstrate to the families that the IGP and the entire Police Force appreciate their gallantry and encourage other policemen that the force is with them in time of peace and trouble.

Inspector Godwin Iruagbalachi, Inspector Francis Pemi, Sergeant Mammudu Dembo and Sergeant Idor Ekoro were given the IGP’s commendation so that their death would not be in vain, adding that the cash could not be equated to the loss but a sign of appreciation for their dedication to duty.

“These men were responding to a distress call to save lives when they were killed. We should learn how to appreciate sacrifice of our men, which is what we have done today, not that the token can bring them back . We pray that God would grant them eternal rest in paradise.”

He called on other policemen not to relent in their duty of protecting lives and property and also called on members of the public to cooperate with the police in the fight against crime.

The Guardian gathered that over N4 million were dolled out to the families. Apart from the gesture, the statutory death benefits of the officers, insurance and sundry entitlements are still being processed.

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