Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Thursday announced an offer of automatic employment to wives of some police officers who were killed by yet-to-be-identified gunmen at some checkpoints in Obeagu-Amechi, Enugu South Local Government Area and Amagunze, Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state.
He also announced the payment of three months salaries of their late husbands, as well as other cash donations.
The governor made the announcements and donations when he paid condolence visits to the families of the deceased police officers.
Ugwuanyi added that the spouses also have the option of scholarship for their children to secondary school level in place of automatic employment.
At the Ugbo-Odogwu residence of the late Inspector Timothy Tion, an indigene of Benue State, the governor consoled the wife, Janet Okuma, offered her automatic employment and gave her three month salaries of her late husband.
The governor, who was accompanied by a team of senior police officers led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), ACP Fidelis Ogarabe, prayed for the repose of the souls of Inspector Tion and other victims, assuring that their death would not be in vain.
At Edward Nnaji Street, Abakpa, Governor Ugwuanyi met with the father and siblings of one of the slain police officers, Inspector Emeka Nnaji, from Owo in Nkanu East Local Government Area, and consoled them.
He equally offered automatic employment to the wife of the deceased, Mrs. Nwadi Nnaji, who was at his husband’s residence at Agbani, and announced the same amount of money with other packages for her.
Responding, the wife of the late Inspector Tion, Janet, thanked the governor for his kindness in coming to console them, and for offering her automatic employment.
The aged father of the late Inspector Nnaji, Pa Christian Nnaji, also thanked the governor for the rare gesture and asked God to continue to bless him.
The Enugu State command of the Nigeria Police Force, in a statement by its public relations officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, had disclosed that “preliminary investigations have commenced.”