Five policemen slump on parade ground

By The Citizen
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Five officers of the Nigeria Police Force slumped on Friday at the Police College, Ikeja, during a parade to mark the pulling out (retirement) of senior police officers.

The event, which lasted for about two hours, was held in honour of  seven  retiring officers, made up of two AIGs and five commissioners.

Midway into the ceremony, a policeman slumped and was quickly attended to by the paramedics, who later carried the man away in an NPF ambulance. Almost immediately after the incident, three others, including a woman, also slumped. Paramedics, who attended to them, gave them sachet water, which they drank and also poured  on their heads.

The fifth man that slumped  was taken out of the parade ground by the medical team.

The ceremony, which attracted  top officers of the Police Force, was witnessed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar;  the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro (retd), and among other dignitaries.

Abubakar commended the retiring officers for their selfless service to the force and the nation.

The event, which was also  used to reward some officers and men of the force, was held amid tight security.

The highlight of the occasion was the symbolic pulling out of the retiring officers. Punch