Even in death, slain policeman Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko is still thinking about the welfare of the family he left behind.
Last weekend, Sergeant Iboko made over N3 million for his wife and the seven children he left behind and the crowd, had become his fans applauded him tremendously.
The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of the Sun newspaper titles in Nigeria called him “Nigeria’s hero of the year 2017,” and in an emotion ladened moment, his family was handed N300,000 from the newspaper, but politicians and government officials think its a paltry sum, they donated huge amount.
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) awarded scholarship to seven children of Sgt. Iboko who died in a shootout with armed robbers in Owerri, Imo state, South East Nigeria.
The NDDC contribution came during the Sun Award 2018, where Mr Nsima Ekere, NDDC’s Managing Director, was presented an award.
Ekere donated N1 million to the family of the deceased and also announced a scholarship to the entire seven child to university level.
Other politicians, including the Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Senate PDP caucus and many government officials have donated several amount to the family of the slain policeman.
Politician, businessman and publisher of the Sun Newspaper, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu had also made personal donation, explaining that the police needed to encourage to be able to perform better.
He called for an insurance scheme for members of the Nigeria Police Force to enable their family enjoy and continue with life after they had gone.
Iboko had demonstrated uncommon courage in foiling a robbery attack at a branch of the a bank in Owerri in 2017.
The slain officer’s heroic exploits were captured by a Close Circuit Television that went viral earlier in 2017.
Iboko was on Saturday also honoured as the “ Nigerian Hero of the Year’’ in an award ceremony organised by Sun Newspaper in Lagos.