Nigeria Police Force Honors Fallen Officers Killed in Delta State Ambush

The Nigeria Police Force posthumously honored 6 slain officers, with government officials providing generous donations to support their families. This tragic incident highlights the ongoing security challenges faced by law enforcement in Nigeria.

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Nigeria Police Force Honors Fallen Officers Killed in Delta State Ambush

Nigeria Police Force Honors Fallen Officers Killed in Delta State Ambush

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) posthumously honored six police officers who were tragically killed in an ambush in Ughelli, Delta State in February 2024. The fallen officers were recognized at an award and commendation ceremony held in Abuja on Monday, where their families received their entitlements and generous donations from various government officials.

The deceased officers were identified as Inspector Abe Olubunmi, Inspector Friday Irorere, Sergeant Kuden Elisha, Sergeant Akpan Aniette, Sergeant Ayere Paul, and Sergeant Ejemito Friday. They were part of a team investigating the disappearance of three of their colleagues in the Ohoro Forest when they were ambushed and killed.

At the ceremony, the Governor of Kano State donated 20 million Naira, the Senate President contributed 6 million Naira, and the Senate provided 20 million Naira to support the families of the fallen officers. The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, expressed appreciation for the compassionate response and support shown to the families.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the ongoing security challenges and risks faced by law enforcement personnel in Nigeria. The posthumous honors and financial support demonstrate the government's commitment to recognizing the sacrifices made by police officers in the line of duty.

Inspector General of Police Kayode Egbetokun has taken actions to support the families of the fallen officers, including expediting the payment of their entitlements. The NPF had earlier confirmed the deaths of the six officers while investigating the disappearance of their colleagues and arrested eight suspects in connection with the killings.

The tragic incident is part of a troubling trend of violence against security operatives in Delta State, as evidenced by the recent ambush that killed 17 Nigerian Army personnel. The NPF has expressed deep sorrow over the loss and is committed to ensuring that all those responsible are brought to justice swiftly and decisively.

ACP Adejobi commended the Inspector General of Police for his response to the plight of the families and appreciated the government officials for their support. "The souls of the departed officers should rest in peace," he stated, emphasizing the ultimate sacrifice made by the fallen heroes in the line of duty.

Key Takeaways

  • NPF posthumously honored 6 police officers killed in Delta ambush in Feb 2024.
  • Families received entitlements and generous donations from govt officials totaling N46 million.
  • The officers were investigating disappearance of 3 colleagues when ambushed and killed.
  • Incident highlights security challenges faced by Nigerian police and ongoing violence in Delta.
  • IGP Egbetokun expedited payment of entitlements and 8 suspects were arrested for the killings.