Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Monday disclosed that the family of each of the 11 slain policemen, killed during recent attacks on police formations in the state would get N20 million from the state.
Wike, who was on a condolence visit to the Rivers State Police Commissioner, Friday Eboka at the State Police Command Headquarters, urged the police to be on the offensive against the hoodlums from now on.
He said while addressing officers and men at the Police Officers Mess in Port Harcourt that though no amount of money could equate human life, the state’s gesture was aimed at assuring the bereaved families that their loved ones never died in vain.
Wike regretted the killing of policemen who were legitimately protecting lives and property of citizens of the country.
“In the past two to three weeks, we have lost eleven police officers and men. This is a dark period for us in the state,” he said.
He lamented that those responsible for the killings had cold-heartedly turned the wives of the slain policemen to widows and rendered their children, fatherless for no just cause.
The governor urged the State Police Command to be more proactive to ward-off further attacks, and resolve never again to condone the killing of its personnel by those who were bent on instigating crisis in the country.
The governor reiterated that no amount of vicious attacks or intimidation could compel Rivers State to become part of any secession agenda.
He maintained that the people of Rivers State believed in the unity of the Nigerian state.
“We must be united to fight for this country to be one. We must not allow anyone to talk about secession. If you want to secede, Rivers State is not part of it, and nobody can cow Rivers State to be part of it. Not under my watch will I allow that,” he vowed.
Eboka, on behalf of the Acting Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, thanked the governor for assuaging the pain of the bereaved families.
The police commissioner told the governor that the armed men who attacked three different police formations for no justifiable reason gruesomely killed seven officers.
According to him, two officers who sustained bullet injuries, are receiving treatment.
“It is noteworthy that the hoodlums did not escape without suffering fatalities, as two of them lost their lives and their Hilux riddled with bullets was abandoned. Thanks to RRT Commander and other Tactical Teams who responded to the distress call,” he said.