BY PETER DURU, Makurdi
THE Cross River State Government has compensated the family of corporal Arthur Ismiala of the Nigerian Army who died in active service while serving under the Quick Intervention Squad (QIS), with N500, 000 cash.
Ismailia, who was attached to the state’s QIS, died October 11, 2012 in a shoot out operation with hoodlums in Calabar South area.
Presenting the cash to the family of the deceased soldier represented by his sister, Mrs. Helen Ismaila in his office, the State Security Adviser, Mr. Rekpene Bassey, said government was touched by the death of the military personnel who put in his best to fight criminals in the state.
Bassey said the state government was devastated because Ismaila’s death was the first to be recorded since the joint security outfit was raised in April 2012.
“We know this development might have brought some pains to the bereaved family; no amount of compensation can equate his life.
“I condole with your family on behalf of Governor Liyel Imoke. We hope that the N500, 000 will help to assuage the difficulty you went through as a result of his death,” Bassey said.
He lauded the effort of QIS noting, that crime has been drastically reduced in the state due to their timely response and prompt intervention, stressing that more effort must be made by the squad in a bid to maintain the peaceful nature that Cross River State was known for.
The state Security Adviser disclosed that government was working out modalities for the Quick Intervention Squad security personnel to execute their job with less risk.
Receiving the money, sister of the deceased, who resides in Kano, said the family initially found it difficult to believe that their son was dead.
She commended the Cross River State Government for the gesture, stressing that the money would be used to cater for the wife and the expectant child.
She also called on security operatives both at state and federal levels not to relent on their effort in the fight against crime to avoid further loss of lives in the country