The Borno State Police Command has released the names of the officers killed by Boko Haram in an ambush attack on the convoy of Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State, on Saturday.
Bello Makwashi, the Borno State Commissioner of Police, listed the names of the late personnel when Governor Zulum visited the Command Headquarters in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Monday.
“During the encounter, I want to name the names of those that lost their lives and paid the supreme price,” Makwashi said.
According to Makwashi, the officers who paid the supreme price are Mba Mathew, Ibrahim Muhammad, David Jarta, Jerry Joseph, John Barka, Elijah Gwarza, Eheboya Osaheinde and Nura Aminu.
The police boss told the governor that the State Command had to break the sad news to the families of those in Maiduguri, adding that some were still on their way coming.
The wives of the slain officers at the event also appealed to Governor Zulum for support following the demise of their breadwinners.
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 breadwinners in utter shock, adding that “it is not easy”.
“It is God’s design for them, everybody will die but our prayer is to consider us. Let the government see us and pay all the benefits of our husbands. This is all I have to tell you,” Jarta said.
She thanked the governor for his visit but urged him to “consider us and the situation we are in”.
Responding, Governor Zulum expressed deep regret about the incident.
He, however, assured 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.” Governor Zulum assured.
The governor’s convoy had three days ago ran into an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists at a spot called Korochara, which is about two kilometres away from the base of the Multi-National Joint Task Force on the way to Baga from Monguno.