Our reporter/ The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba has presented cheques worth N13.6bn to the next-of-kins of 6,184 deceased and injured police officers.
The IGP while presenting the cheques at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, said the amount covers 6,184 personnel who had previously fallen under the uninsured period from 2012 to 2020.
“On my assumption in office in April 2021, my attention was drawn to this development. Consequently, an urgent representation was made to Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari requesting for the release of funds to enable us pay all outstanding claims to the families of deceased Police Officers,” he said.
“It was with great relief that Mr. President appreciated my representation and graciously approved the release of the sum of thirteen billion, six hundred and twenty-eight million, five hundred and thirty-five thousand, five hundred and eighty Naira (13,628,535,580.00k) to pay the backlog of a total of six thousand one hundred and eighty-four (6,184) personnel that had previously fallen under the uninsured/uncovered periods of Group Life Assurance and Group Personal Accident Insurance Scheme, covering from Year 2012 – 2020.”
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Speaking on Thursday, the IGP restated the commitment of the police authorities and the Federal Government to the welfare of officers. He also sympathised with the families of the deceased officers and urged them to judiciously utilise the funds in training their children.
“The Nigeria Police Force has incorporated the Nigeria Police Insurance Company,” Baba continued. “As soon as the practice license is granted, the company will be solely responsible for all insurance related issues concerning the Force.”