*11 Others receiving medical attention
*IGP dispatches medical team to Kaduna, orders immediate payment of burial expenses and benefits
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu on Tuesday condoled the families of the seven (7) Police officers attached to the Special Forces Unit of the Nigeria Police Force who died in a ghastly motor accident on 12th July, 2020 on their way to Katsina State.
In a statement Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters Abuja DCP Frank Mba said the unfortunate incident, which involved an 18-seater Toyota Hummer Bus conveying eighteen personnel of the Unit, occurred at Jaji town along Kaduna-Zaria Road.
He said the deceased were part of an additional deployment made recently by the Force to boost the ongoing fight against bandits in Birnin-Gwari, Katsina State.
The IGP, who described the incident as a huge loss to the Force, notes that the incident is one of the unfortunate sacrifices, officers often encounter in the line of duty. He described the deceased as “Heroes of Peace”.
Mba said a team of Police Medical Personnel has been dispatched to Kaduna State where eleven (11) officers that survived the accident are receiving medical attention. He said 3 of the deceased officers have been buried according to Islamic rites while the remains of the other four officers have been deposited in a Morgue.
Mba further stated that the IGP has directed the Police Accounts and Budget Department to ensure the immediate payment of the burial expenses, benefits and other entitlements to the families of the deceased officers.