The Nigeria Police today paid out nearly N70million in insurance benefits and medical expenses to families of officers and men who have died or suffered injuries in the line of duty.
A statement by Deputy Force Public Relations Officer Frank Mba said the presentations were made at Force Headquarters by by DIG Philemon I. Leha, who represented the Inspector-General, Mr. MD Abubakar.
The IGP, who described the occasion as emotional, assured that despite these occupational hazards of being exposed to different types of dangers in the course of their duty, the Police will not be deterred but rather get more committed in performing its constitutional roles to the nation.
A total of N69,777,700.00 was paid out to the families. Mr. Abubakar noted that the money provided may not be sufficient to solve all the problems of the beneficiaries, but urged them to be prudent in its use.
Mr. Horsfall Opiriyabo, a beneficiary of the late Inspector Horsfall Roggers, thanked the Police authorities on behalf of the others and promised that the money will be used judiciously.
He appealed for decentralization in the collection of insurance claims so as to reduce the risk of long-distance travel to Abuja by relatives of the deceased officers.