LAFIA — Nasarawa State Commissioner of Police, Umaru Shehu, has confirmed the detention of two men for hijacking the N2 million given to the widow and children of an officer killed in the Alakio attack.
The money was given by the Nasarawa State Government and the Inspector General of Police, IGP, to widows and children of officers killed on May 7 attack on security agents in Alakio.
Shehu told newsmen in Lafia, yesterday, that the two brothers of one of the deceased officers from Plateau collected the money from the widow who had two daughters and gave her only N20,000.
According to Shehu, the widow reported to the police that she was subjected to all manners of humiliation and was ejected from the family house with her children.
He said the alleged ill-treatment prompted the police to invite the brothers, detain and query them over the allegations.
He said they confessed to having collected the money and allegedly spent N700,000 on the funeral rites of the deceased.
The CP said he had to invite their pastor to intervene, leading to the refund of N1.3 million, which the pastor suggested should be given to the widow and her children for their upkeep.
Shehu, however, warned that other relatives should desist from claiming monies meant for the upkeep of the children of deceased officers.
He charged people to fear God and imbibe the teachings of both religions to make the world a better place.
According to him, to ensure transparency, each widow has been directed to open an account.
He said the widows were also directed to give the account numbers as well as their mobile phone numbers to the police authority for prompt action concerning benefits.