The Nigerian Police Force has confirmed that seven of its men lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident which occurred on 12th July along the Kaduna-Zaria Road.
Eleven others who survived the accident have been moved to a hospital where they are receiving treatment.
Naija News had previously reported the news when it occurred, but Police on Tuesday, has released official information on the development.
According to a police statement on Tuesday, the unfortunate incident occurred while the officers were on their way to join the fight against bandits in Birnin-Gwari, Katsina State.
Though the cause of the accident was not revealed, Naija News learnt the accident involved an 18-seater Toyota Hummer Bus conveying eighteen personnel attached to the Special Forces Unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
The Inspector-General of Police who expressed sadness over the development, has ordered the immediate payment of the burial expenses, benefits and other entitlements to the families of the deceased officers.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has condoled the families of the seven (7) Police officers attached to the Special Forces Unit of the Nigeria Police Force who died in a ghastly motor accident on 12th July, 2020 on their way to Katsina State,” the statement reads.
It added that “the unfortunate incident, which involved an 18-seater Toyota Hummer Bus conveying eighteen personnel of the Unit, occurred at Jaji town along Kaduna-Zaria Road.”
“The deceased were part of an additional deployment made recently by the Force to boost the ongoing fight against bandits in Birnin-Gwari, Katsina State.”
“The IGP, who described the incident as a huge loss to the Force, notes that the incident is one of the unfortunate sacrifices, officers often encounter in the line of duty. He described the deceased as “Heroes of Peace”
“A team of Police Medical Personnel has been dispatched to Kaduna State where eleven (11) officers that survived the accident are receiving medical attention.”
Three of the dead officers have been buried according to Islamic rites while the remains of four others have been deposited in a mortuary.
“Three of the deceased officers have been buried according to Islamic rites while the remains of the other four officers have been deposited in a Morgue.”
“Meanwhile, the IGP has directed the Police Accounts and Budget Department to ensure the immediate payment of the burial expenses, benefits and other entitlements to the families of the deceased officers.”