The chairman Borno State chapter of Police Officers Wives Association, POWA, Zara Yakubu, has revealed that 265 policemen died fighting Boko Haram insurgency.
Speaking at an event welcoming Hajara Alkali, POWA president and wife of IGP Usman Baba Alkali, at the weekend in Maiduguri, Mrs Yakubu, said that over 260 police officers have been killed in Borno State since the outbreak of the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.
“Their families have, as a result, been exposed to all forms of hazards and vulnerabilities,” POWA said.
“It heartbreaking to note that 265 police officers have paid the supreme price in the counter-insurgency war here in Borno. They lost their lives while protecting the territorial integrity of our great country.
“Their families have been neglected and their children abandoned to their fate. They have been allowed to bear the burden of the sacrifices of their bread winners,” she said.
In her response, the wife of the IGP said she was determined to improve the living conditions of the families of the fallen officers as well as empower others, to serve as motivation for their husbands at the war front.