Nyesom Wike, Rivers State governor, has donated N20 million each to each family of the slain police officers in last week’s attacks in the state.
Wike made the donation during a condolence visit to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Friday Eboka, at the police command headquarters on Monday.
The governor, who acknowledged that no amount of money can bring back the officers, said the state’s gesture is aimed at assuaging the bereaved families and to assure them that their loved ones did not died in vain.
Lamenting that those who carried out the killings have turned the wives of the slain policemen to widows and rendered their children fatherless for no just cause, Wike asked police officers to be on offensive against those who perpetrated the heinous act.
“In the past two to three weeks, we have lost eleven police officers and men. This is a dark period for us in the state.
“We must be united to fight for this country to be one. We must not allow anyone to talk about secession. If you want to secede, Rivers State is not part of it, and nobody can cow Rivers State to be part of it. Not under my watch will I allow that,” he said.
Eboka, on behalf of the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba Usman, thanked the governor for assuaging the pain of the bereaved families.
He said the armed men who attacked three different police formations for no justifiable reason, gruesomely killed seven officers.
He also disclosed that two officers who sustained injuries are receiving treatment.