The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has condoled with the families of seven officers attached to the Special Forces Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, who died in a road crash on Sunday on their way to Katsina State.
The accident, which involved an 18-passenger Toyota Hummer bus conveying 18 police personnel, occurred at Jaji town along the Kaduna-Zaria Expressway.
The deceased were part of the additional deployment made recently by the force to boost the ongoing fight against bandits in Katsina State.
Three of the deceased officers have been buried in accordance with Islamic rites, while the remains of the other four had been deposited in a morgue.
The IG, who described the incident as a huge loss to the force, stated that it was “one of the unfortunate sacrifices officers often encounter in the line of duty.”
He described the deceased as ‘Heroes of Peace.’
The force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, disclosed in a statement on Tuesday, that a team of police medical personnel had been dispatched to Kaduna State, where the 11 officers who survived the accident were receiving treatment.
Meanwhile, the IG 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.