Wives of Deceased Policemen Seek Payment of Husbands’ Entitlements

Police Question Man Over Ogoni Food PoisoningWives of Policemen who died in active service are appealing to the police authorities to pay the gratuities and other entitlements of their spouses to enable them live a comfortable live.

They made the appeal when the wife of Kaduna state Commissioner of Police led other executive members of the Police Officers Association to make the donation of food items to widows and children at orphanages in the state capital.

Lamenting the difficulties that they are passing through after the death of their husbands, the women say all efforts to collect their late husband’s gratuities have been unsuccessful since after their death.

On her part, Mrs. Maureen Agyole, explains that the presentation of the food items to the widows by POWA is part of the cardinal objectives of the association to ameliorate the plights of wives of deceased policemen and those still in service as well as the privileged in the society.

On the non-payment of entitlements of deceased policemen, the POWA chairperson explains that the association has no power to intervene in such matters, and however pray that the relevant authorities will show concern to their families.

She promised that the association will soon establis skills acquisition programme whereby those without any job would be trained in various trades that will enable them become self-reliant.

In line with the spirit of charity and touching the lives of the less privileged, the Police officers wives also visited an orphanage hone where they also donated some food items to the children.

Gas Explosion Razes Shops in Kaduna

gas explosionAn explosion from a gas cylinder has destroyed at least 15 shops in Kaduna State.

Although no life was lost, goods worth millions of Naira were destroyed.

The fire, which lasted for close to two hours on Friday, razed the shops before the arrival of fire fighters.

The explosion, which occurred at the Police Officers Wives’ Association (POWA) shopping complex in Kawo area in the state capital, left many traders devastated.

According to the North-West Commanding Officer of the Federal Fire Service, Obisesan Olatunde, the incident occurred when a gas retailer was refilling a gas cylinder for a customer.

He attributed the cylinder explosion to the unprofessional manner with which the trader handled the gas refilling.

Mr Olatunde warned the shop owners of such gas re-filling outlets to stop citing their shops very close to residential buildings and crowded areas in order to avert any colossal loss of live and property in case of any such incident.

He stated that from now henceforth, such gas outlets would be sanctioned in accordance with the Federal Fire Service Laws.

Kano State Partners With Police Officers’ Wives To Check Child Abuse

 POWA-KanoThe Kano State Government is in partnership with the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) to check sexual abuse and other child related abuses.

Receiving the members of POWA in Kano, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said his government had noticed the increasing cases of child abuse which relates mostly to sexual abuses including rape and homosexuality, among others in secondary school pupils.

However, he said that the government had already set up a public enlightenment committee, to among other things, enlighten members of the community on the need to collectively participate in the war against child abuse in the state.

The committee has since recommend the closure of Hassan Gwarzo Collage over allegation of Sodomy. Speaking on the issue of drug abuse, the Governor said that the state reformatory institute had been empowered, to further reform drug addicts in the state.

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of POWA, Saliha Musa Katsina, told the Governor that the rise of rape cases, drug and other child abuses were becoming more disturbing in Kano State.

She also called on the state government to look into the plight of widows and orphans in the Police Force, who lost their dear ones in the war against insurgents.

Imo Police Command Remembers Families Of Late Police Officers    

State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali 1Reprieve has come for families of police men and officers who died in the line of duty, as the Imo State Police Command has remembered widows by setting up small scale businesses as well as given scholarships to their children who couldn’t further their education since the demise of their father.

During an empowerment programme at the Police headquarters in Owerri, Imo State capital, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali,  said the gesture was part of the programme lined up to assist families of late police officers in the command, especially the ones that died in the line of duty.

He further disclosed that the initiative was made possible with the partnership of the Police Officers’ Wives’ Association (POWA) in the State.

The widows received sewing machines, grinding machine, food stuffs, generating sets, all running into millions of naira to help them start up small scale businesses.

While addressing the gathering on the aim of the programme, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali said the programme was aimed at remembering families of late police officers and appreciating the families by giving them a sense of belonging.

He also disclosed that the command would give scholarship to one of the siblings of a late police officer who couldn’t further his education after gaining admission into the university on merit.

Some beneficiaries commended the Imo State Police Command for the kind gesture, noting that it will remain a  remarkable day in their lives and hoped it goes a long way to alleviate sufferings by the families of late police officers.

Police Officers’ Widows Get Support, Call For Chibok Girls Release

The future, livelihood, overall well-being of the widows and children of Police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty are priorities for the Police Officers Wives Association, POWA.

The Anambra State branch of the organization, led by the wife of the State Commissioner of Police and Chairperson of the group, Mrs. Asabe Gwary, organized a welfare programme where items worth thousands of Naira were distributed to over 60 widows.

The women used the opportunity to call for the release of the abducted Chibok girls while discountenancing the notion that Police officers do not live up to their responsibilities of securing lives and property in the country.

The wife of the Commissioner said that POWA as an organization was lending its voice to the clamor for the safe return of the Chibok girls whose abduction for over 60 days have kept the nation in suspense.

The gathering was not only for material gains as the women received words of encouragement on the ways to conduct their lives as widows to promote the integrity of women generally.

The widows were presented with food items, toiletries and clothing materials while being urged to strive hard to take up better means of livelihood which would assist them in taking care of their children.

As the occasion called for joy, the women, at least for the moment, danced and appreciated the gesture which would indeed support their welfare.

It is on record, however, that in 2013 alone, 1,585 policemen were killed in the line of duty, either in the hands of bandits or in the hands of political and religious extremists.

The untold stories of the loss, the pain and the despair still lie with their widows and children and they simply need help.