Gov Ambode lifts families of slain security officers with N55m donation

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state, on Monday, presented cheques totaling N55 million to the amilies of security officers that lost their lives in the Ishawo area of Ikorodu following an ambush on them by some militants.

While the families of four police officers that died during the operation got N10 million each, an officer, who sustained injury during the attack and still recuperating in the hospital, Sgt. Alexandra Ugadu, got N5 million.

A cheque of N10 million was also presented to the family of a military officer, Capt. A Mohammed, who lost his life during the attack.

The gallant officers were killed after successfully rescuing kidnapped victims kept in the riverine area by the militants.

The police officers whose families benefited from the death insurance scheme of the state government are late Insp. Godwin Iroagbalahi, Insp. Francis Pemi, Sgt. Mamuda Dembo and Sgt. Idor Ekoro.

Governor Ambode said at the presentation ceremony that the move was in appreciation of the supreme sacrifices paid by the late officers in the course of ensuring the safety of residents of the state.

Ambode, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said the donation was in line with the pledge to review insurance benefits of security operatives in the state.

He recalled that since coming on board, the governor immediately reviewed the insurance benefits of security operatives in the state with a pledge to pay N10 million to any officer killed during operation, adding that the event was in fulfiment of the promise made.

“This is to appreciate what the gallant officers have done; they sacrificed their lives in the course of protecting several of us and we have to appreciate them. As a matter of fact, if we don’t do this, who will? The governor has always said that we must continue to appreciate those who paid the supreme sacrifice for our lives because they died for us.

Governor Ambode had earlier, on behalf of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), presented 20 brand new operational vehicles with modern communication gadgets to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in the State Police Command.
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