The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has assured the family of Col. Ken Elemele, who was killed in a Boko Haram ambush last Wednesday, that the state government will stand with them.
Speaking during a condolence visit to the family in Port Harcourt on Saturday, Wike announced an education trust fund with an initial seed fund of N30m for the children of the deceased.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Tammy Danagogo, the governor said, “This is a sad loss of an illustrious son of Rivers State. We were expecting the emergence of another General before this unfortunate incident. Please, accept my personal condolence and that of the good people of Rivers State.
“The Rivers State Government shares this grief with the family. We will stand by you through this period.”
Wike prayed God to console the widow and her children, saying that only God could fill the gap created by the sudden death of Elemele.
“We urge you to put your trust in God. Be strong for your children. God will always support you at this time,” he said.
Wike described Elemele’s death as a sad loss to the state and Nigeria in general, and added that the state government would be in touch with the family to ensure that their immediate needs were taken care of.