The lost of bread winners and fallen heroes could be heartbroken and demoralized their loves ones of basic amenities and necessity of life.
Today the fallen gallant security officers have not been forgotten. This security officer on daily bases secures the lives and property of the country citizens.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday released cheques of N55 million to the families of some gallants security officers who lost their precious lives in the Ishawo, Ikorodu of Lagos after a confrontation and ambush perpetrated by the militants.
While disbursing the money, the families of four police officers that died during the operation got N10 million each, while an officer who sustained injury during the attack and still recuperating in the hospital, one Sgt. Alexandra Ugadu got N5million.
A cheque of N10 million was presented to the family of a military officer, Capt. A Mohammed who lost his life during the attack.
The gallant security 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 Sgt. Alexandra Ugadu and Sgt. Idor Ekoro.
At the occasion, the representative of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Tunji Bello, Secretary to the Lagos State Government stated that the money released to the families was in appreciation of the supreme sacrifices paid by the late officers in the course of ensuring the safety of residents of the State and was in line with the pledge to review insurance benefits to security operatives in the State.
That the Lagos State Government under the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode reviewed the insurance benefits for security operatives in the State with a pledge to pay N10million to any officer killed during operation.
He further stated as followings that “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.
“We must continue to appreciate them because if we don’t do this, who will be ready to pay the supreme sacrifice for our safety? The officers are sent out to protect us and when they are going, they are not even sure of coming back and having paid the supreme sacrifice, should we leave them just like that, definitely not and it is in appreciation of what they have done that we are doing this,”.
The donation and appreciations from the Lagos State Government was received with warm heartedness by Lagos State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni on behalf of the Inspector General of Police and the beneficiaries.
The Lagos State’s Commissioner of Police (C.O.P), Mr. Fatai Owoseni commended the Lagos State Governor, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the State Government for the donations, which the C.O.P described as a moral booster, that the gesture would go a long way in motivating officers morally and psychologically in protecting lives and properties in the state.
The C.O.P further stated that “On behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), I stand to appreciate Lagos State Government for this morale boosting gesture that you have showed to our colleagues who, in the course of discharging their statutory duties to this nation, demonstrated bravery, gallantry and courage but unfortunately lost their lives in an encounter with criminal elements.
“The IGP appreciates this kind gesture and on behalf of the respective families of the officers that lost their lives, in as much as we know that money will not bring their lives back, but you have given us that confidence that in our trial and sadness period, the State is standing solidly behind us. This will spur us to be more committed to the security of the State”.