In a historic move, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has begun distributing cheques to cover insurance benefits for officers who have lost their lives or suffered injuries while on active duty.
The cheques, which total over thirteen billion naira, will be distributed to the families of approximately seven thousand officers.
This move comes as a result of the IGP’s commitment to ensuring that police officers are adequately taken care of in the event of injury or permanent disability due to the risks associated with policing.
The IGP has also ensured that families of deceased police officers are adequately compensated in the absence of their breadwinners.
The IGP emphasized the value of human life and well-being, stating that prompt payment of insurance and other benefits due to officers who have met with misfortunes due to the risky nature of policing in our contemporary environment and unforeseen hazards of policing, would greatly boost their morale and ensure they put in their best in service to the nation.
In addition to this historic move, the IGP also promised better welfare packages for members of the police family, whether they are currently serving, retired, or have fallen in the line of duty.
This move is aimed at cementing the already existing esprit de corps amongst the components of the police family.
This news is sure to be welcomed by the families of the affected officers and the public at large, as it apparently shows the commitment of the IGP to the welfare of those who serve and protect our nation.
It may also be a true testament to the dedication and selflessness of the Nigerian police force.