Seven Special Forces policemen die in Kaduna crash

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Seven policemen died on Sunday on their way to Katsina State to beef up the fight against terrorists.

The policemen were travelling in an 18-seater Toyota Hummer bus when their vehicle had an accident at Jaji on Kaduna-Zaria Road.

Eleven others were injured and are receiving medical treatment.

A statement by the police high command confirmed the incident.

It says the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu had ordered the immediate payment of the burial and morgue expenses for the policemen.

The IGP also directed the payment of the terminal benefits of the policemen to their families.

It reads: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has condoled with the families of the seven (7) Police officers attached to the Special Forces Unit of the Nigeria Police Force who died in a ghastly motor accident on 12th July, 2020 on their way to Katsina State.

“”The unfortunate incident, which involved an 18-seater Toyota Hummer Bus conveying eighteen personnel of the Unit, occurred at Jaji town along Kaduna-Zaria Road.

“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.

“The IGP, who described the incident as a huge loss to the Force, notes that the incident is one of the unfortunate sacrifices, officers often encounter in the line of duty. He described the deceased as “Heroes of Peace.

“A team of Police Medical Personnel has been dispatched to Kaduna State where eleven (11) officers that survived the accident are receiving medical attention.

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“Three of the deceased officers have been buried according to Islamic rites while the remains of the other four officers have been deposited in a Morgue.

“Meanwhile, the IGP 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.”