Wives of police officers killed on May 7 at Alakyo. Nasarawa State and their husbands’ relations are currently entangled in a conflict over the one million naira each given to the widows by Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State.
One of the widows told journalists that her late husband’s family only gave her N100, 000 out of the N1million donation from Al-Makura to cater for her family. Amidst sobbing, she said: “It is unfortunate that the relatives of my husband could deduct N900, 000 from the N1million. My brother, how do I feed these kids? These people are wicked. I don’t know how I am going to cope with the demands from these children. The breadwinner is gone and the relatives are only interested in money. I pray God to send me and other widows in my shoes good Samaritans.”
Some widows, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said, after receiving the shocking news of the maltreatment, they resolved to meet the people in charge of their welfare with a view to ensuring that widows were not shortchanged, so as not to compound their hardship after the demise of their husbands.
However, 13 days after the gruesome killings of over 90 security operatives by Ombatse militiamen at Alakyo village in Lafia East development area of Nasarawa State, some wives of the slain police officers who are yet to get the bodies of their late spouses might not benefit from the N1million each from the inspector-general of police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar.
It was gathered that those whose husbands’ dead bodies were recovered and identified have since Friday begun to collect the cash donations while those whose spouses’ corpses are yet to be discovered were asked to proceed to the village and bring the corpses or forget the compensation.
Some widows were said to have cried uncontrollably for not receiving any compensation either from the state government or Force Headquarters, on Friday, as all their efforts to get the donation was frustrated by the officers in charge.