Road crash kills policemen deployed to fight banditry in Katsina

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has condoled the families of the seven police officers attached to the Special Forces Unit of the Nigeria Police Force who died in a motor accident on July 12 on their way to Katsina State.

A statement on Tuesday from the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, said the incident, which involved an 18-seater Toyota Hummer bus conveying eighteen personnel of the unit, occurred at Jaji town along the Kaduna-Zaria Road.

He said the deceased were part of an additional deployment made recently by the Force to boost the ongoing fight against banditry in Katsina State.

He said a team of police medical personnel had been dispatched to Kaduna State where eleven officers that survived the accident were receiving medical attention.

Mba said three of the deceased officers had been buried in line with the Islamic rites; while the remains of the other four officers had been deposited in a morgue.

He said the IGP had 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.