The IGP has approved posthumous promotions for the police officers who were killed in a robbery attack in Imo State.
Following public outcry for an official recognition for the brave police officer, Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko, who was killed in a deadly robbery attack at a branch of the Zenith Bank in Wetheral Road, Owerri, Imo State, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has approved a posthumous promotion for him.
Also to benefit in the posthumous promotion is Sergeant Sunday Agbo who was also killed in the attack which happened sometime in February 2017, while the surviving officer, Sergeant Otu Attang, who was severely injured, would be given a special promotion for his gallantry.
Announcing this was the State Commissioner of Police, CP Chris Ezike who said that the IGP has approved of the honours to be accorded the fallen heroes whose plight was brought to the fore after a CCTV video showing the attack became viral.
CP Ezike explained that Sgt. Attang was being treated at the police hospital in Owerri as an out-patient on the bill of the force.
“We have done the needful; the command has recommended them (the slain policemen) for posthumous promotion and the one injured for a special promotion and the IG is not aversed to the idea,” CP Ezike stated.
Ezike who said Attang who lost one of his eyes during the attack, was being treated by three surgeons, including an ophthalmologist, however, denied allegations by Sgt. Iboko’s family that they had been abandoned by the police, insisting that the entitlements of the slain policemen were being processed and would be paid soon.
“The police officers are our men, so the issue of abandonment couldn’t have arisen; they are heroes.
They did a gallant job and each time our men are wounded or die in action, it is painful. It is one of the great pains you would endure in this job. We have not abandoned the family.
For Sergeant Attang, the eye needs to heal before you can talk of other surgeries. Three surgeons are working on this man.”
The CP declined to disclose exactly what the command had done for the families of the dead policemen.
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