The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has sympathized with the families of seven Police officers attached to the Special Forces Unit of the Nigeria Police Force who died in a ghastly motor accident on Sunday, July 12 on their way to Katsina State.
A statement from the Force Headquarters spokesman, Frank Mba, said that the accident, which involved an 18-seater Toyota Hummer Bus conveying eighteen personnel of the Unit, occurred at Jaji town along Kaduna-Zaria Road.
The statement said that the officers were part of an additional deployment made recently by the Force to boost the ongoing fight against bandits in Birnin-Gwari, Katsina State.
The police boss, according to the statement described the incident as a huge loss to the Force, saying that it is one of the sacrifices which officers had to make in the line of duty.
He described the deceased as Heroes of Peace.
The statement said that already a team of Police Medical Personnel has been dispatched to Kaduna State where eleven officers that survived the accident are receiving medical attention.
It said that three of the deceased officers have been buried according to Islamic rites while the remains of the other four officers have been deposited in a Morgue.
The statement said that the IGP had directed the Police Accounts and Budget Department to ensure the immediate payment of the burial expenses, benefits and other entitlements to the families of the deceased officers.