The Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday presented cheques amounting to N15.4 million compensation to 30 families of police officers within Zone 5 of the Force maimed or killed in the course of duty.
The presentation of the N15.4m compensation was done in Benin, capital of Edo state and headquarters of the zone which comprises Edo, Delta and Bayelsa state.
According to the Vanguard, the 30 affected police officers were either killed or maimed while confronting armed robbers, kidnappers, militants and oil thieves in the region.
The cheques were provided under the Nigeria Police Group Life Assurance Scheme and the Group Personal Accident Insurance Scheme.
The families of 28 deceased policemen cutting across the 3 states within the zone received cheques totalling N12.7m while the families of 2 policemen from the Edo State command received cheques of N1.6 million each.
Police spokesman for the zone, DSP Emeka Iheanacho, stated that the highest beneficiary under the insurance scheme received a cheque of N1 million while the least beneficiary received N100, 000.
Assistant Inspector-General of Zone 5, AIG Mohammed Adamu Lafia, while presenting the N15.4m compensation cheques stated that the scheme was meant to assuage the immediate challenges and sufferings of the families left behind by gallant officers.
“It is to enhance the welfare of officers and men of the force who suffered one form of injury or another in the course of their national assignment. It is also to ameliorate the sufferings of the deceased’s immediate family from untold hardship,” Adamu said.