Police widows lack skills – Ex-IGP, Arase

By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

A former Inspector-general of Police, Solomon Arase, has declared that
most police widows in the Country lack skills to survive after the deaths of their husbands.
He said the development has made a significant number of them and their children vulnerable to economic shocks when their breadwinners die.
The ex-police boss made the disclosure while delivering the University of Benin (UNBEN) 47th Founders’ Day Lecture; titled: “Internal Security Dynamics and Imperative of a New Policing Thought in Nigeria”.
He said most Policemen do not consider skills as one of the requirements from their spouses.
He spoke against the backdrop of over 278 police officers died between January 2014 and December 2016 while discharging their statutory mandate in relation to enhancement of community peace and security
He listed the challenges of most Police widows to include, inability to pay the tuition fes of their children, lack of shelter, and lack of food.
Earlier in a remark, the Pro-chancellor and chairman Governing Council of University of Benin, Hon. Isah Ashiru, said the security challenges in the Country deserve to be given a moment of thought.
The Kano Emir, HRH Mohammad Sanusi II, said to change the poor public perception, his eldest son name (withheld) was due to graduate from one of the Police Colleges in the Country before the end of the year.

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