———By Ovasa Ogaga———–
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has approved posthumous promotion for the two policemen killed during a robbery at a branch of Zenith Bank in Owerri, Imo State, the State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, told newsmen.
Dismissing report of alleged abandonment of the families of the slain heroic officers, Sergeants Chukwudi Iboko and Sunday Agbo, by the Police authority and Zenith Bank management, the CP said that the police authority is working on their entitlement and will be paid soon.
Ezike, told newsmen Monday that the surviving policeman, Sergeant Otu Attang, would also be given a special promotion for his gallantry, adding that he is currently receiving treatment for his injured eye.
According to him; “We have done the needful; the command has recommended them (the slain policemen) for post-humous promotion and the one injured for a special promotion and the IG is not averse to the idea,” he stated.
“The police officers are our men, so the issue of abandonment couldn’t have arisen; they are heroes.
“They did a gallant job and each time our men are wounded or die in action, it is painful. It is one of the great pains you would endure in this job. We have not abandoned the family.”
The CP however declined to disclose what the police command had done for the families of the dead policemen.