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Yobe Blast: Police Award Posthumous Promotions To Killed Officers





By Samuel Malik

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has commended his men stationed in Yobe state for their bravery in the face of mounting security challenges posed by Boko Haram insurgency.

A statement issued by the police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, stated that Arase is pleased that the policemen have not allowed challenges affect them and have continued to display “a high sense of patriotism and dedication to duty.”

The police chief gave the commendation following the death of three policemen killed at a checkpoint in Damaturu, Yobe state capital, on Monday when suspected Boko Haram members detonated Improvised Explosives Devices, IEDs, as they were about to be transported to the police headquarters in the state after their arrest.

“While regretting the death in active service of three officers in the unfortunate incident of Monday 20th July, 2015, the IGP observed that but for the indomitable spirit, sacrifice and professionalism of the deceased officers, the terrorists would have detonated the explosives in a high profile target,” the statement said.

The three dead policemen have been awarded post-humous promotions by the police, with four of their children each offered scholarship to secondary level.

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Also, their families are to be awarded priority in the police housing scheme, while the injured officer will have all his medical bills taken care of by the police.

The police also announced that similar gesture will be extended to other policemen who fall victim of the fight against insurgency.


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