Lagos State Governor, Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode has increased the death benefits for police officers that die in active service in the state to N10m.
Governor Ambode raised the benefits from N1m for rank and file and N2m for senior officers, saying that his administration would stop at nothing to ensure the safety of all Lagos state residents.
“This gesture of the pragmatic governor of Lagos, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode is unprecedented, unparalleled nd unsurpassed in the history of public service in Nigeria. When Policemen are slain in their encounter with men of the underworld, we wear long faces and make emotive dirges without walking our talks .”
“The woes of the dependents left behind by such officers are exacerbated by economic drought and despondency. No doubt, there is no sum of money that equals life; but then, when it comes to compensation, it is only meaningful if it is adequate, sufficient and has the desired effect” The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Tunde Braimoh said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Governor made the announcement after he was presented with two awards recently won in South Africa by the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos State Police Command.