Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has provided financial compensation to the families of slain officers who were ambushed by unidentified gunmen in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of the state in September.
At the Government House in Owerri, the Imo State capital, Uzodinma disbursed a total of N185 million in cash as compensation to the families of the deceased officers.
The incident occurred on September 19, when gunmen ambushed joint security personnel patrolling the Umuezeala Owerri area of Ehime Mbano, resulting in the death of eight officers and the torching of two patrol vans.
During his address, the governor emphasized that his administration consistently acknowledges the bravery of security personnel in the state.
He pledged to continually inspire those who have devoted their lives to safeguarding and securing the state.
Governor Uzodinma stated, “We’ve had various incidents involving security agencies, where some officers lost their lives and others sustained injuries. While these agencies have their welfare programs, as a gesture of appreciation by the Imo State government, it’s imperative to honor the sacrifices made by these officers in protecting our state.”
He highlighted the complex security situation in Imo state, attributing it to the challenges posed by non-state actors undermining the state’s stability.
The governor reiterated his commitment to supporting and motivating security agencies to fulfill the government’s primary responsibility of ensuring the safety of lives and properties in the state.