By Joy Baba-Yesufu with agency report
The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, yesterday doled out N7 million to 14 wives of the 35 police officers declared missing in Gwoza, Borno state, to alleviate their sufferings.
Each of the women got N500,000, at a ceremony in Akwanga, Nasarawa state.
The policemen were declared missing after members of the Boko Haram sect attacked the Police Mobile Force training school at Gwoza on August 20,2014.
One of the officers later resurfaced and resumed duty.
Apart from the cash, the IG also donated 20 tubers of yam, one bag of rice and one gallon of vegetable oil to each of the women and 84 other police wives whose husband had died in the line of duty.
Sixty-two widows of policemen killed by members of the Ombatse cult at Alakyo village in Nasarawa state on May 7, 2013, also benefited from the food items.
The Department of State Services (DSS) lost 10 operatives in the incident.
Abba re-assured that the search for the missing police officers would be intensified until they were either found alive or dead.
The Police boss assured the women that the Nigeria Police would not forget them whenever it mattered, particularly during a season like the Yuletide, which was a time to share with one another.
Abba also vowed that the outcome of investigation into the incident, as well as the panel constituted by the Nasarawa State government on the killing of the officers by the cult, would be implemented appropriately.