First Bank Nigeria PLC yesterday donated N250,000 to each of the families of the four policemen killed in a robbery at the Ilasa-Ekiti branch of the bank on May 24.
Some hoodlums besieged the bank’s branch in the town, killing the policemen guarding the bank and from a nearby police post. It was learnt that the policemen are: Sgt Yunusa Yahaya, Constables Farotimi Toluwalope, Adeniyi Akeem and Osanyingbemi Kolade.
Presenting the cheques to the officers’ families, the bank’s Regional Manager, Mr Rotimi Oguntubo said the gesture was to demonstrate the love for the bereaved families and to prove that the management is alive to its corporate social responsibilities.
He said: “We know that money can never adequately compensate for lives already lost but the bank has to do this to show appreciation for the departed souls and empathy for their families.”
Police Commissioner Sotonye Wakama, who was represented by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Victor Nosa-Ojowho, received a condolence letter on behalf of the police authorities. Wakama added: “I appeal to other organisations to emulate this gesture and put it to practice when a situation like this happens.