By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
No fewer than 60,000 retired policemen are to benefit from the health insurance scheme which was recently approved by the federal government.
The Inspector-General of police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu disclosed this while addressing a cross section of policemen at the Edo State Police Command headquarters on Wednesday.
He also announced a one step promotion for all police personnel who were either injured or killed during the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria.
Speaking further during a morale boosting visit to some police formations in Edo State, the IGP, ordered police personnel to put behind the past and return to the duty posts and combat the rising wave of crime.
He said: “You don’t need to be demoralized. You don’t need to vacate the public space for criminals to operate. You need to occupy everywhere. I know that some of your stations were burnt during the protests but the governor (Godwin Obaseki) has already promised to rebuild them.
“Arrangements are being made compensate the family of those who died and also those were injured during the #EndSARS Protests. For those who died, adequate compensation will be given to their families and also promoted to the next level. Those who were injured will also get the same packages. We are working with the Police Service Commission to ensure that they are promoted.”
On his part, the State deputy Governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu, assured of government support for the police and other security agencies in the State.
He also echoed the Inspector General’s advice that policemen should not vacate the streets for criminals.
Shaibu lamented that hoodlums allegedly hijacked the peaceful protest by the #EndSARS protest and unleashed mayhem on peaceful Edo people, stressing that Nigerians are not against policemen.