There was pandemonium today at the popular Aso rock quarters in port Harcourt when beliefs came to enforce a court judgment dated 19 November 2017 to eject occupants of the Mini police barracks located in that area.
Among the occupants of Aso rock are Widows of slain police officers who are demanding to be paid their husbands benefits to enable them relocate from Rivers state and to train their children. One of the widow precious Agumagu in a tearful tone, said they police should pay me my husband’s benefit, since 2008 when my husband was shot up till now they have not paid me anything my children are dying even the senior WAEC they are writing now my daughter is in the house, I don’t have money to pay for the exams. She continued in her sobbing state, ‘’ I don waka tire, they send me to ABUJA I go there they send me come rivers state up till now nothing has been done’’
For TINA Dumbari her husband equally died in active duties, she said I my husband was gunned down since 2013, even the burial expenses were not shouldered by police, I am the only one taking care of my three children and I don’t have money to rent house anywhere now.
And for Mrs. Henrietta OKPO sobbing Profusely, her 22years old daughter said we don’t have money to go anywhere, my mother is diabetic that why she is crying like that, I am the one hawking cold drinks to feed our family, my father was shot by unknown gunmen in 2008, my mother developed sickness, we are seven of us all sitting at home, I want police to pay us our fathers benefit so that I can go back to write WAEC and my brothers and sisters can go back to school.
For MS Ekaette Ekwere I am out of secondary school but my father died from diabetic’s complication January this year. We are five in number, I want police to assist us with a better accommodation and to help my younger ones to get back to school. ‘’ since our father died they have all stopped going to school.
Some of the widows ejected from this temporary shelters told East west reporters that they were unable to move out of the shelter because they have nowhere to go to without funds.
Reacting to the forced eviction and pitiable state of slain officers widows the police public relation officer Nnamdi Omoni refused to comment on the matter.
Meanwhile lawyer to the owner of the properties belonging to former military leader Jerimiah Useni, who identified himself as Barrister Obi, after negotiating with the distrust occupants of ASO rock quarters for an extension of two weeks to enable the occupants to move out from the free accommodation when approached by our correspondent said we have agreed to give them from now till ending of the month. And on my own I have told the widows to write their names, we will try to find money for them to move out, I am not supposed to do this but the truth is that we add human kindness to our work. the widows need to be assisted and we will do just that.