From Jefferson Ibiwale, Benin
The governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, on Thursday presented cheques totaling N14 million to seven widows of police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Oshiomhole also supported the education of each child of the fallen seven policemen with N500, 000.
The slain police officers are assistant superintendent of police, Sunday Paul; Kennedy Ozegin, a sergeant; Timothy Edward, a corporal; inspectors Bakare Kong, Sunday Ewansiha, Akpada Michael and Paul Agbonavbare.
During the presentation, the governor sympathized with widows and children of the deceased officers, stressing that “the way we look after those who were widowed in the course of their husband’s duty and those who are orphaned or fatherless in the course of their father’s work; how we treat them, more than what we say, will send the correct signals to those in uniform that whatever happens in the line of their duty, society appreciates.”
He noted that the security of lives and property is the minimum responsibility of every government to the people and commended members of the state Police for their resolve in ridding the state of criminals and making it safer and more welcoming for residents and visitors.
Oshiomhole urged them to continue to carry out their duties efficiently, sterssing that “the reward for hard work is more work.”
Earlier, the Edo State police commissioner Foluso Adebanjo, appreciated the support by the administration in the fight against criminality.
He said the command under his control in the last one year had reduced crimes in the state to zero tolerance and warned criminals in the state to “repent or relocate”, as the state will no longer be conducive for their operations.