By Esther Onyegbula
Lagos—The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase has awarded scholarship to four children of a woman, Mrs. Comfort Udoh, who was killed by a trigger-happy policeman in Lagos last year.
In a similar vein, the President of Women Arise For Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Okey-Odumakin, has urged the judiciary to speed up the trial of the killer cop, who has since been dismissed. Corporal Musiliu Aremu allegedly killed Mrs. Udoh over N2,000 bribe.
The Lagos State commissioner of police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, while presenting the scholarship to the family reiterated the resolve of the Police to instil discipline in officers and men of the Force.
He also assured members of the public that the police will not shield any bad egg in the Force.
Owoseni said; “The police is starting a Trust Fund. The first leg of the fund covers scholarship for the four children from the primary to secondary school. This is the first step to help family like these and families of indigent officers and those who died in service. We are positive that the Foundation will be expanded to do more in the coming years.”
Mr. Godwin Udoh, husband of the deceased, who was also shot in the jaw by the dismissed corporal, thanked the police chief for the scholarship, noting that his wife is still lying in the mortuary and will only rest in peace when she gets justice.
Dr. Odumakin said “The scholarship is a welcome development and we appreciate the police authority for this gesture. However, this is this is not enough.
”We are demanding that the police authority and the government should give this family a house of their own.”
He said “I am grateful to God for seeing me and my four children through this difficult period of our lives.
I am still undergoing treatment and my jaw hurts because it shakes anytime I try to talk. The doctor said I need to undergo a corrective surgery abroad to stop the jaw from shaking.