Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has promised to give 220 million naira to the families of each of the eleven police personnel killed by gunmen during recent attacks of police formations in the state.
The governor, spoke when he paid a condolence visit to the Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka and officers of the state’s police command.
Governor Wike also acknowledged that though the money cannot equate human lives, his gesture was aimed at assuaging the bereaved families.
“In the past two to three weeks, we have lost eleven police officers and men. This is a dark period for us in the state.”
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike charged the state police command to be more proactive to ward off further attacks and resolve never again to condone the killing of its personnel by those bent on instigating crisis in the country.
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The governor reiterated that no amount of vicious attacks or intimidation could compel Rivers State to become part of any secessionist agenda.
“We must be united to fight for this country to be one. We must not allow anyone to talk about secession. If you want to secede, Rivers State is not part of it, and nobody can cow Rivers State to be part of it. Not under my watch will I allow that.”
Governor Wike assured the command of the government’s continuous support and charged police personnel to be more careful and vigilant.
On his part, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka thanked the governor for assuaging the pains of the bereaved families. He said the armed men, who attacked three different police formations gruesomely, killed seven officers.
“It is noteworthy that the hoodlums did not escape without suffering fatalities, as two of them lost their lives and their Hilux riddled with bullets was abandoned”. “Your visit today will further boost their morals”.