Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo state, donated ₦185 million on Monday to the families of over eleven security officers who were affected by the September 20, 2023, attack in Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano Council area of Imo state, by unknown gunmen. The attack resulted in the deaths of the officers and the burning of their vehicles.
Oguike Neachukwu, the chief press secretary for Uzodimma, stated that the event was held in the government house in Owerri.
The names of the officers were given as “Those who died and were compensated include; Isaac Yakubu and Mr. Samson Edeh of NDELA; Ezeagu Emeka Tobias of NSCDC; Abraham Anas of Nigerian Air Force and Abas Ejiofor of the Nigerian Police. The injured officers include; Ibrahim Abubakar, Umeh Lawrence, Akwaraji Charles, Abubakar Haruna, Inspector Odukwe, Onyekachi Ndubuisi and others.”
At the time of the incident, eyewitnesses from the community estimated the number of affected security officers to be eight. Security personnel later stated that it was five police. On the day of the deceased officers' compensation, there were more than eleven officers affected.
However, according to the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, “In an emotion laden voice, the Governor who remembered how the security agents put their lives on line to protect the citizens of the State not only prayed God to grant their various families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss but also to grant the survivors quick recovery from the injuries they are currently nursing.
“The Governor recalled that this is not the first time the State Government was appreciating those who died or were injured while carrying out their assigned duties and promised to continue to show love to the families and agencies affected so that they will continue to discharge their duties without fear or discouragement.