Widows of the eight policemen killed in an ambush near Baga town of Borno State want the government to consider their plight and release all accrueable benefits of their husbands.
They made the appeal when Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State Paid them a condolence visit at the Command Headquarters of the Police.
Mrs Effa David Jarta who spoke on behalf of the widows said they received the news of the unfortunate incident that claimed the lives of their bread winners in utter shock, adding that “it is not easy.”
“It is God’s design for them, everybody will die but our prayer is consider us. Let the government see us and pay all the benefits of our husbands. This is all I have to tell you.”
Mrs Joseph thanked the governor for his visit but said “consider us and the situation we are in.”
The Governor expressed deep regret about the incident which he said was the first in the eighteen months since he became governor.
Zulum assures the women of his commitment to support their livelihood efforts and the education of their children.
“I am standing before you here, I am not here to just see you and go back. God willing we shall not let you down, we shall support you.” Zulum told the women.
He expressed gratitude to the officers and men of the Borno State Command for their contributions to the state and prayed for their safety as they discharge their duties.
Earlier the Commissioner of Police listed the names of his fallen personnel before the governor saying the command had to break the sad news to the families of those in Maiduguri, while according to him some were still on their way coming.
“During the encounter, these are the names of those that lost their lives and paid the supreme price.” the CP said.
1. SP Mba Mathew
2. Inspector Ibrahim Muhammad
3. Sgt David Jarta
4. Sgt Jerry Joseph
5. Sgt John Barka
6. Sgt Elijah Gwarza
7. Sgt Eheboya Osaheinde
8. PC Nura Aminu