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Seven Police Officers Die In Kaduna Road Accident

Ignatius Igwe  
Updated July 14, 2020
A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun
A file photo of IGP Mohammed Adamu. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun

 

The Nigeria Police Force has lost seven officers to a ghastly road accident in Kaduna State.

This was confirmed on Tuesday in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.

Mba said the victims, attached to the Police’s Special Forces Unit, were on their way to Katsina State.

According to the police spokesman, the unfortunate incident, which involved an 18-seater Toyota Hummer Bus conveying 18 personnel of the Unit, occurred at Jaji town along Kaduna-Zaria Road.

The deceased were part of an additional deployment made recently by the Force to boost the ongoing fight against bandits in the north-western state.

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While three of the deceased officers have been buried according to Islamic rites, the remains of the other four officers have been deposited in a Morgue.

Following the development, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has commiserated with the families of the deceased.

The IGP who described the incident as a huge loss to the Force, however, noted that the departed officers were “Heroes of Peace.”

He explained that the incident is one of the unfortunate sacrifices officers often encounter in the line of duty.

Adamu also directed the Police Accounts and Budget Department to ensure the immediate payment of the burial expenses, benefits and other entitlements to the families of the deceased officers.

Meanwhile, a team of Police Medical Personnel has been dispatched to Kaduna State where the 11 officers that survived the accident are receiving medical attention.