Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has donated N30 million to the families of three Rivers State police officers who died in the course of duty in the state.
Police Inspectors Isaac Isodje, Saviour Udeh, and Ebenezer Edward, who worked for the State Command’s Diobu Division, were killed by armed individuals while on a stop and search duty in November last year.
While presenting the cheques to the family members of the deceased on behalf of the governor, State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said the gesture is Governor Wike’s demonstration of his commitment to ensuring that the families of police officers who died while serving the state are not left in poverty.
“This is a token of love from Governor Nyesom Wike to the families. Though money cannot replace a life, it is a way of showing love to all officers and men who serve in Rivers State that the state government will always be behind them no matter the situation they find themselves in.
“So, the amount here is a token of love from the Governor as a man who has the milk of human kindness and compassion to cushion the impact of this great loss,” he said.
Mr. Ebuka, the Commissioner of Police for Rivers State Command, described Governor Wike’s monetary gift to the families of the dead officers as an unusual show of support in the country.
He extended the Command’s appreciation to the Governor, who he said maintained his word when he informed him of the officers’ deaths.
He recalled that two of the officers were killed on November 2, last year, while conducting a stop-and-search operation in the Diobu area of the State capital, and that the third officer was killed on November 9, last year, while on a mission to apprehend the two officers’ assassins.