The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has presented insurance cheques worth N13 billion to injured police officers and families of officers killed in service between 2012 and 2021.
This was revealed at a press conference at the Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja.
According to the IGP, over 6,000 families are expected to benefit from the insurance cheques.
Beneficiaries of the schemes are children/immediate family of those killed in active service and those who sustained gunshot wounds or were disabled from the year 2021 to 2019.
Speaking at the occasion, IGP Alkali said, “On my assumption in office in April 2021, my attention was drawn to this development. Consequently, an urgent representation was made to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting for the release of funds to enable us pay all outstanding claims to the families of deceased Police Officers.
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.
“While sympathizing with the families of the deceased Officers, knowing that nothing will bring back their loved ones, I urge you all to judiciously utilize this funds in training your children and be rest assured that the Force under my leadership will continue to do more in advancing you welfare interests and that of serving personnel.
“It is in furtherance to this that following my approval. The Nigeria Police Force has incorporated the Nigeria Police Insurance Company. As soon as the practice license is granted, the company will be solely responsible for all insurance related issues concerning the Force.”