The Rivers State Government has announced N220m compensation for 11 families slain police personnel, stating that the State cannot be cowed to join secessionist groups.
The Cops were killed in the line of duty in different parts of the State by gunmen in the past three weeks.
The Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri to the Governor Nysom Wike made the pledge on Monday, when he accompanied the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Friday Eboka on a condolence visit to the families on Monday.
Wike while addressing officers and men at the Police Officers Mess in Port Harcourt, admitted that though no amount of money could equate to human life and urge each family to accept the N20 million each as a token of appreciation for the irreparable loss.
Wike said: “In the past two to three weeks, we have lost eleven police officers and men. This is a dark period for us in the State.
“We must be united to fight for this country to be one. We must not allow anyone to talk about secession. If you want to secede, Rivers State is not part of it, and nobody can cow Rivers State to be part of it. Not under my watch will I allow that”.
On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Friday Eboka on behalf of the Acting Inspector General of Police, Alkali Usman, thanked the governor for assuaging the pain of the bereaved families.
“It is noteworthy that the hoodlums did not escape without suffering fatalities, as two of them lost their lives and their Hilux riddled with bullets was abandoned. Thanks to RRT Commander and other Tactical Teams who responded to the distress call”.
“Your visit today will further boost their morale. I, therefore, want to use this opportunity to reassure the good people of Rivers State of our resolve to continue to protect their lives and property”, he said.
He said the slain police personnel will not die in vain, adding that police authorities will not abandon them.