Managing director/chief executive officer of Kogi State Newspaper Corporation, publishers of The Graphic, Mr Dayo Thomas, has urged the relevant authorities in the country to put in place special welfare programmes for the families of serving policemen across Nigeria.
He made the plea yesterday during an advocacy visit by the Integrity Forum, a non- governmental organization to his office in Lokoja, Kogi State.
He said the ongoing armed conflicts, insecurity, lack of state protection, and recurring humanitarian crises has further exposed Nigeria police officers and their families to serious dangers.
Led by its president, Blessing Ogbe, the association lamented the rate at which policemen are being violently killed and their families hunted and attacked by criminals.
According to her, over 50 policemen have been killed in the country in the last one year while the families of many of the officers are being attacked daily.
One of the victims was one Inspector Tuesday Oluwasegun Osagbemi , a native of Ponyan in Kogi State, who was killed in front of his office in Ibadan, Oyo State leaving behind a wife and children.