By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Kogi State Newspaper Corporation, publisher of The Graphic, Mr Dayo Thomas, weekend, urged the relevant authorities in the country to put in place special welfare programmes for the families of serving policemen across Nigeria.
Thomas made the call during an advocacy visit by a non-governmental organization, Integrity Forum, led by its President, Blessing Ogbe, to his office in Lokoja, Kogi State.
According to him, the ongoing armed conflicts that boils down to insecurity, lack of state protection, and recurring humanitarian crises that has further exposed Nigeria Police officers and their families to serious dangers.
Earlier, leader of the advocacy, Ogbe lamented the rate at which policemen are being violently killed and their families hunted and attacked by criminals were becoming a source of concern.
She also disclosed that over 50 policemen have been killed in the country in the last one year while the families of many of the officers are being attacked daily.
She also alleged that of the victims of violent attacks launched against police was one Inspector Tuesday Oluwasegun Osagbemi , a native of Ponyan in Kogi state, who was killed in front of his office in Ibadan, Oyo State leaving behind a wife and children.
She said: “You would recall that the Family of the immediate elder brother of the deceased alleged threats to her life and that of her children which was reported to the Police and also published on page 10, Saturday Telegraph of 21st December, 2019 and page 6 of The Graphic Newspaper of 25th December, 2019″, she disclosed.”
According to newspapers reports , one Mrs Oluwafunmilayo E. Ayodele, wife of a police officer, had alleged threats to her life and that of her children and was physically attacked with wounds on her body that almost cost her life as she was an asthma patient.
She alleged that her life and those of her children were being threatened, “Your husband is handling issues on criminals, we will also deal with you”. The attackers had threatened on a paper pasted on her wall.
According to her neighbor, some unknown men broke into their home at night while she and the children were attending a night vigil. Upon discovering she was not in the house, they destroyed valuables in the living room.
The attackers, however, did not take away any of their properties. According to her, the incident started on July 6, 2020, revealing that true to the threats of the hoodlums, she was attacked on July 12 and sustained degrees of injuries.
Mrs. Ayodele’s doctor also confirmed her health situation, which was said to be fast deteriorating, requiring prompt medical attention from the right quarters. “Her asthmatic condition has been aggravated due to fear for her life and children”, a medical report states.
Also, the police report titled: “ Threat to life” today being 10th day of October 2019, at 13:00hrs one Ayodele Oluwafunmilayo, female of no.8 Omoremije close, Adeleye Area, came to the station and reported that she woke up on the 16th day of October 2019. She met placard pasted at the gate with threatening words that they will deal with her and her family.
“They claimed that they know her husband is a police officer who has been dealing with several criminals. The writer also claimed that they attacked her on July 12, 2019.”