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From Arotile To Others, Nigeria Lost 11 Security Officers In One Week

This is never the best of time for the security architecture of the nation, especially for the Nigeria Air Force and the Nigeria Police Force.

In fact, a moment like this calls for sober reflections and a thorough reevaluation of the management and administration of the security agencies in Nigeria. 

How do we describe the fact that 11 gallant officers, one in the Air Force and 10 from the police force, died in less than one week? Eleven!

These are promising officers who have laid down their lives for the security of other citizens of Nigeria. 

On Tuesday, news broke out that seven officers, who were part of an additional deployment made by the police to help in boosting the ongoing fight against bandits in the north-western state of Katsina, died on the road. Too sad!

They died in a ghastly road crash along Kaduna.

According to the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the seven police officers were attached to the Police’s Special Forces Unit, going to Katsina State.

Mba informed that the sad incident, involved an 18-seater Toyota Hummer Bus conveying 18 personnel of the Unit.

It occurred at Jaji town along Kaduna-Zaria Road.

That same day, around 11:45pm, the Nigeria Air Force gave the saddest news. The nation lost yet another asset at a very tender age. 

Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, the first female pilot of the Nigeria Air Force. 

The NAF, in a statement by its spokesman, Air Commodore Daramola Ibikunle said Arotile died as a result of head injuries she sustained from a road crash at NAF Base, Kaduna.

The death of Arotile sent shivers down the spines of all Nigerians. It puts tears in many eyes.

President Muhammadu Buhari and a other top political functionaries and other individuals are still shock over the untimely death of Arotile, who died when she was needed most. 

Arotile would be buried on July 23 with full military honours in Abuja. It's a very sad moment for the nation. 

But, when we are yet to recover from the sudden death of the seven police officers and that of Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile, another sad news hit the nation again; this time, from Oyo State.  

It was reported that three policemen from Oyo State command drowned while chasing some suspected hoodlums. What a tragic narrative!

The three constables drowned in a bridge washed away by flood on Balogun Street in Oyo town.

The policemen, it was gathered, are from Oyo Atiba Police Division.

According to reports, they trailed some hoodlums smoking weed to the area and the thugs started running towards the bridge.

It was gathered that one of the hoodlums jumped into the water and the policemen jumped after him and they drowned. Very heartrending.

Many of us did not know this event had happened since Sunday as it was reported on Friday, July 18 by Punch Newspaper. 

When these constables jumped into the flood, they were swallowed up by the mud. 

An eyewitness told Punch Newspaper that “It was later that a bulldozer was used to bring their corpses out,”

I can't stop crying reading this. These policemen were enlisted to the Nigeria Police Force a few years ago, now they died just like that.

Which of these events will not draw tears from anybody's eyes?

Is it the sudden death of Arotile or that of the seven combatant police officers or the demise of the three young constables?

These are children of some parents, fathers to some children, lovers to some partners, members of their families and friends to some people. But today, they are no more. 

The Federal Government spent a lot of resources training these officers, but now, we lost them all to the cold hands of death while serving the nation. 

This is not a good time for any of us. 

May the souls of these gallant officers continue to rest in peace. 

May God give their families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. 

May we never witness anything of such again. 

May God continue to bless our security agents as they toiled day and night to protect all of us. 


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