The Inspector General of the Nigerian Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, has described as deeply worrisome the rate at which officers and men lose their lives in the course of discharging their statutory duties.
According to him, these line-of-duty resultant deaths, occasioned by, unwarranted attacks by religious bigot, bandits, hoodlums and militants must be reversed and the trend halted.
Furthermore, he revealed that in the past three months, the Force had lost 128 personnel, in various parts of the country “due to activities of these undesirable elements in our communities.
“Also disturbing, is the wanton destruction of Police infrastructure and public assets.
In a statement by the force Public Relations Officer, Don N. Awunah, the IGP highlighted various instances such as “the recent cases in Dankamoji village in Maradu LGA of Zamfara state, Abagana in Anambra state and in Okrika waterways in Rivers state, where personnel were killed, arms carted away, structures and equipment destroyed”.
Mr Idris expressed regret over the loss of these personnel in the course of their national duty and condoled with their families while assuring them of the Force’s support to cushion the effect of this irreparable loss.
“Their departure will certainly not be in vain,” he stated.
He however urged the officers not to relent or be distracted in their collective will to serve the country, regardless of the costly challenges.
The law abiding citizens were equally advised to continue to render the Police the desired support and assistance.