Seven officers attached to the Special Forces Unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident on July 12, 2020, while on their way to Katsina State. This development was confirmed, Tuesday July 14, in a statement by the Police Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.
The unfortunate incidence, which occurred at Jagi town along Kaduna-Zaria Road, was said to have involved an 18-seater Toyota Hummer Bus conveying 18 personnel of the unit.
A team of the Police Medical Personnel has been dispatched to Kaduna State where the 11 other personnel involved in the accident are currently receiving medical attention.
According to Mba, 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.
However, three of the deceased officers have been buried according to Islamic rites while the remains of the four officers have been deposited in a morgue.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has directed the Police Accounts and Budget Department to ensure the immediate payment of the burial expenses, benefits and other entitlement to the families of the deceased. He described the incident as a huge loss to the Force, as well as one of the unfortunate sacrifices Police officers encounter in the line of their duty.