By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri

The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali, has disbursed N38.1 million to families of policemen who died in active service in Borno State.

Alkali said that the families of the 43 deceased policemen are from the state, hit by the over a decade Boko Haram insurgency that claimed many lives and property.

Presenting cheques to the beneficiaries, yesterday on Thursday, in Maiduguri, Alkali, represented by the Borno State Police Commissioner, Abdu Umar, disclosed, “This is a token to the wives and families of policemen who died in active service.”

He noted that the IGP’s token could reduce the devastating effects of losing their loved ones and bread winners.

Meanwhile, security has been provided at the various community praying grounds ahead of the Eid-el-Fitr celebration slated for over the weekend.

Umar, while briefing journalists on the Sallah festivities, disclosed that “since the July 2009 Boko Haram insurgency, with the relative peace now enjoyed, the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Garbai Al-Amin Ibn El-Kanemi will host a befitting Durbar (Horse Riding/Display) at his Maiduguri palace on Friday, after the Eid prayers.

He, therefore, urged parents to warn their children and wards against any criminal activity during the Sallah celebration in the state.


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