Reporter : ONYINYE CHIJIOBI
Families of seventeen security officials, who were victims of attacks by unknown gunmen in some parts of Anambra State in the last six months, have received sympathy and aid from government.
The victims of the attacks were eleven police officers, four naval personnel, and two personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
Governor Willie Obiano, who performed the function at the Governor’s Lodge, Onitsha, also compensated the family of the late President General of Omor community, Mr. Francis Onwuachi, who was kidnapped and murdered.
The next of kin of the fallen heroes were given cash donation of one million naira each.
Governor Obiano, who expressed optimism that the aid would assist the family members of the deceased, who fell in the line of duty, explained that the amount was just a token to show appreciation for gallant service to their father land.
The Governor warned that his government would deal decisively with anyone indulging in criminal activities in the state.
He explained that the state had received deployment of troupes, who are already on ground, adding that his government remained committed to entrenching peace in all the communities.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Bala Kuryas, expressed gratitude to the state government, saying that the money would motivate officers, who are in active service to work hard.
He urged the families of the deceased not to loose hope and expressed optimism that the perpetrators would be fished out and brought to book.
Some of the victims’ families, who spoke with Radio Nigeria, commended the state government for the kind jesture and prayed that the pepatrators of the crime would be brought to justice.
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Primus Odili, Security Chiefs in the state and the traditional ruler of Omor, Igwe Chris Chidume, were also present at the ceremony.