Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Wednesday in Lokoja handed over two houses to the wives of his deceased police escort, Insp. Aminu Salisu, calling on the relevant authorities to provide continued support to the families of the deceased security officers.
Bello gave the keys to the houses located in Abuja to the widows at the launch of the 2022 emblem for the remembrance of the armed forces, at the start of activities to commemorate Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2022.
The governor noted that the government will also ensure that the families of the late Salisu and other deceased security officials never suffer.
Bello lamented the sad state in which some families of the deceased security officers remain, and emphasized the need for the fallen heroes to continue to be remembered.
The governor said that the event of the launch of the emblem is symbolic, since it signifies the gratitude of the government and the people of the state for the sacrifices of the armed forces.
He noted that it is also a time to reflect on the desired unity and security of the country and reflect on the challenges faced by the nation’s security agencies.
“Kogi is the safest in the country and this feat is the product of the patriotism, commitment and sacrifice of the security agencies in the state.
“It is sad to see that security personnel, after giving everything to serve the country, retreat to a life of poverty, advocating for better well-being for members of the security forces.
“At Kogi, we appreciate the efforts of these fallen heroes and are committed to ensuring that their families are not left alone to suffer,” said Bello.
The Governor’s State Security Advisor, retired Navy Commander Jerry Omodara, said the prevailing peace and security in the state was a direct product of the sacrifices and diligent service of law enforcement agencies.
Omodara said the Bello-led administration was doing a lot to improve the living standards of the families of retired and deceased officers.
“In addition to the empowerment of three widows each in the 21 local governments of the state and the payment of the medical bills of their sick members, through the support of the state government.
“The legion now has a functional secretariat in Lokoja, the state capital,” Omodara said.
Petty Officer David Salawu, a civil war veteran and Legion president in the state, praised Governor Bello for caring for the Legion members.
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