128 Nigerian policemen killed in 3 months

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris
Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has described as deeply worrisome the rate at which officers and men lose their lives in the course of discharging their statutory duties.

A statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, on Wednesday, said these line of duty resultant deaths, occasioned by unwarranted attacks by religious bigot, bandits, hoodlums and militants must be reversed and the trend halted.

According to the police spokesman, the Force has lost 128 personnel in various parts of the country due to activities of these undesirable elements in our communities in the past three months.

“Also disturbing, is the wanton destruction of Police infrastructure and public assets. The recent cases in Dankamoji village in Maradu LGA of Zamfara state, Abagana in Anambra state and in Okrika waterways in Rivers state where personnel were killed, arms carted away, structures and equipment destroyed are cases in point,” the statement said.

“IGP regrets the loss of these personnel in the course of their national duty and condoles with their families while assuring them of the Force’s support to cushion the effect of this irreparable loss. Their departure will certainly not be in vain.

“The IGP urges the officers not to relent or be distracted in our collective will to serve this country, the costly challenges notwithstanding. The law abiding citizens are equally advised to continue to render the Police the desired support and assistance.”