Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has gifted N30 million to the families of three slain policemen in the state.
The deceased officers – Inspectors Isaac Isodje, Saviour Udeh, and Ebenezer Edward – served under the Diobu Division of the State Command. They were murdered by armed men while on a stop and search duty in November last year.
The presentation happened on Thursday, January 6, as the Commissioner for Information and Communications in the state, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim presented the cheques on behalf of the governor to members of deceased officers’ families.
According to him, this gesture by Wike was a demonstration of his commitment to ensuring that the families of policemen who lost their lives in the cause of serving Rivers are not left in misery.
“This is a token of love from Governor Nyesom Wike to the families. Though money cannot replace a life, it is a way of showing love to all officers; and men who serve in Rivers State that the State Government will always be behind them; no matter the situation they find themselves in,” he said.
“So, the amount here is a token of love from the Governor; as a man who has the milk of human kindness and compassion to cushion the impact of this great loss.”
Wike equally commended police personnel for their services; to the state extended his condolences to the State Police Command and the bereaved families.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government (FG) has formally declared bandit groups operating in the country as terrorists.
This declaration by the FG was titled ‘Terrorism (Prevention) Proscription Order Notice, 2021″ contained in Volume 108 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette.
It read in part, “Notice is hereby given that by the Order of the Federal High Court Abuja, in suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1370/2021; dated 25th November 2021 as per the schedule to this Notice; the Activities of Yan Bindiga Group; Yan Ta’adda Group; and other similar groups in Nigeria are declared to be terrorism; and illegal in any part of Nigeria, especially in the North West and North-Central Regions of Nigeria and are proscribed, pursuant to sections 1 and 2 of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011.
“Consequently the general public is hereby warned; that any person or group of persons participating in any manner whatsoever; in any form of activities involving or concerning the prosecution of the collective intentions; or otherwise of the groups referred to in paragraph 1 of this Notice will be violating the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 and liable to prosecution.”