by Oge Okonkwo
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, has led his men to donate foodstuff to widows of dead policemen in Adamawa State.
The materials were presented at a ceremony at the police command head quarters in Yola.
Mr. Abubakar said the gesture was to give families a sense of belonging this festive period.
Premium Times reports:
Mr. Abubakar, who was represented by Yakubu Usman, the Commissioner of Police in charge of welfare at the IG’s office, said the police wants to show the bereaved that they were still part of the police family. He said the departure of their loved ones in active service would not be forgotten by the police which would continue to do all it can to give them a sense of belonging.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Adamawa State Police Commissioner, Godfrey Okeke, said the gesture was the first of its kind to widows since he joined the force over 30 year ago.
Mr. Okeke said the timely gesture coming at this festive period should be cherished by the beneficiaries.
While urging the beneficiaries not to consider the quantity of what they would get individually but the spirit behind it, Mr. Okeke assured that the command under him would always assist the families whenever any opportunity arises; such as police recruitment for their qualified children.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Felicia Zaki thanked the police for the gesture saying the concern shown to them was encouraging.
Ms. Zaki called for the sustenance of the gesture and the need to always remember their children whenever there was employment opportunity.
Items presented for distribution to the widows in Adamawa include bags of rice, cartons of cooking oil, and a cow.