Seven policemen died in a motor accident on their way to Katsina State from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja on Sunday.
Eleven other officers sustained injuries from the unfortunate incident.
Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, said they were members of Special Forces Unit and part of an additional deployment made recently by the Force to boost the ongoing fight against bandits in Birnin-Gwari, Katsina State.
In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, Mba said 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 Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has condoled 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 statement reads.
The IGP, who described the incident as a huge loss to the Force, said the incident is one of the unfortunate sacrifices, officers often encounter in the line of duty. He described the deceased as “Heroes of Peace”.
The statement adds: “A team of Police Medical Personnel has been dispatched to Kaduna State where eleven (11) officers that survived the accident are receiving medical attention. 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.”