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The families of the security personnel who were killed in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area a few months ago have received compensation from Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State.
The security agents fell victim to a gunman ambush, which resulted in fatalities and the destruction of their operational vehicles.
In a statement made in Owerri, the state capital on Monday, the governor’s spokesperson, Oguwike Nwachuku, announced that the governor had allocated N185m to the families of the slain security agents.
The statement read ‘Governor Hope Uzodimma has compensated the security agents who were killed in an ambush by unknown gunmen at Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State in the course of carrying out their duties, doling out N185m to the families of the deceased as well as to those who survived the attacks.’
‘Performing the ceremony on Monday at the premises of the Government House Chapel, Owerri, Governor Uzodimma appreciated the fallen heroes and those of them who sustained various degrees of injuries in the course of the attack, working as operatives of ‘’Search and Flush Operations.’’
‘Addressing the audience in an emotion-laden voice, the governor who remembered how the security agents put their lives on line to protect the citizens of the State not only prayed to God to grant their various families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss but also to grant the survivors quick recovery from the injuries they are currently nursing.’
‘The governor noted that the occasion has brought to the fore the situation of insecurity in Imo State as being beyond what people think and goes a long way to showcase the problems and the negative impact inflicted on the state.’
‘The governor recalled that this is not the first time the state government has appreciated those who died or were injured while carrying out their assigned duties and promised to continue to show love to the families and agencies affected so that they will continue to discharge their duties without fear or discouragement.’
He said though he is aware that the Federal Government and the Security Agencies have different compensation plans for their personnel, ‘this is an opportunity to appreciate the invaluable jobs the security agencies, that is, the Police, Army, Air Force, Navy, NDELA, Civil Defence and other Para-Military Agencies are doing in Imo State.’
Governor Uzodimma proceeded to announce that the Government will give out N185 million to those affected and prayed God to give the families the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss, “and the repose of the souls of those that paid the supreme price to their fatherland.’
The Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu, had earlier thanked the governor for ‘being responsive to the plight of the security agencies in the state.’
Among those who were compensated are Isaac Yakubu and Mr. Samson Edeh from NDLEA, Ezeagu Emeka Tobias from NSCDC, Abraham Anas from the Nigerian Air Force, and Abas Ejiofor from the Nigerian Police, all of whom lost their lives.
Ibrahim Abubakar, Umeh Lawrence, Akwaraji Charles, Abubakar Haruna, Inspector Odukwe, Onyekachi Ndubuisi, and several others are among the officers who sustained injuries.
Umeh Lawrence, a survivor from the Nigerian Immigration Service, conveyed thanks on behalf of the others to the governor, the government, and the people of Imo State for the compensation and the extensive support provided to the security agencies, families, and well-wishers.
He affirmed that they would not waver in their designated responsibilities, but would instead persist in carrying out their duties with valor.