The Nigeria Police yesterday said it has lost one hundred and twenty eight (128) personnel in various parts of the country in the past three months, due to activities of criminals and undesirable elements in the society.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris described as deeply worrisome the rate at which officers and men lose their lives in the course of discharging their statutory duties.
According to a statement by the Force public relations officer, DCP Don Awunah, the IGP said these line of duty resultant deaths, occasioned by unwarranted attacks by religious bigot, bandits, hoodlums and militants must be reversed and the trend halted.
He said, also disturbing, was the wanton destruction of Police infrastructure and public assets.
“The recent cases in Dankamoji village in Maradun LGA of Zamfara State, Abagana in Anambra state and in Okrika waterways in Rivers state where personnel were killed, arms carted away, structures and equipment destroyed are cases in point.
“The IGP regrets the loss of these personnel in the course of their national duty and condoles their families while assuring them of the Force’s support to cushion the effect of this irreparable deaths adding that “their departure will certainly not be in vain.
“The IG urges the officers not to relent or be distracted in their collective will to serve the country, the daunting challenges notwithstanding. The law abiding citizens are equally advised to continue to render the Police the desired support and assistance.