Cross River government presents N2million to family of slain police officers

Governor of Cross River, Ben Ayade fulfiled his promise by giving N2m cash to the families of two slain policemen and an injured corporal that were victims of an attack by naval ratings in Calabar on May 30, 2017.

Some naval ratings had on the day attacked the Akim Police Station along the IBB Way following a misunderstanding with a traffic warden, which left a naval rating injured.

The incident claimed the lives of corporals Davis Odudu and Emmanuel Mbang, while a sergeant, Ibiang Ofem, lost his right eye.

Presenting the cash to the families of the victims and the disabled policeman, Inuwa said the governor had pledged to assist the families.

He said, “After the killing of the two policemen, Governor Ben Ayade made a promise to assist in the burial of the two slain men and to assist the policeman who lost his eye in the encounter with the naval ratings.

“The governor has made the cash available. The families of the two slain policemen will get N700,000 each, while the wounded sergeant will get N600, 000.”

The police commissioner commended Ayade for the gesture.

However, the 43-year-old mother of Mbang, one of the slain policemen, Mrs. Imelda Akpama, called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to ensure that the report of the panel of enquiry set up by the defence ministry to investigate the attack was not swept under the carpet.

Akpama, in an emotion-laden voice, said the killers of her son must be exposed to face the full wrath of the law.

“I want to thank Governor Ben Ayade for this kind gesture; may God bless him. But beyond this, I want those behind the death of my only son to be brought to book.

“He was my only son and losing him is a painful thing. I am still in shock. I learnt that the attack during which my son was killed was not the first by naval personnel against the police.

“I want the IG to put pressure on those concerned to implement the recommendations in the report of the panel,” she said.

Also, the injured sergeant called on authorities concerned to expose the people who shot him on May 30.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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