Vanguard (Lagos)

16 December 2012

Nigeria: Badang, Five Other Police Officers Get Award

SEARGENT Sunday Badang, a late Police bomb disposal officer, has received post humour award alongside five other officers for outstanding gallantry.

The other five Felix Odogu; Joshua Yusuf; Ayuba Usman;Saliu Jibril and Paul Nukis. They were honoured by Puzzles Group in appreciation of their dedication and commitment to duties.

Badang award was received by his widow Mrs Badang in Abuja.

Late Badang was killed while using a bomb scanner to ascertain an object suspected to be Improvised Explosive Device, IED, bomb allegedly planted by the Boko Haram sect near the Sultan Bello Mosque, Kaduna.

Chairman of the company, Mr Bayo Adeyemo in a briefing to mark the company's 5th anniversary said Puzzles group had set the pace for other corporate organisations in the country to begin to encourage and motivate the police rather than castigate them.

He said, "We want to set to the pace for corporate orgnisation to motivate and support the Nigerian police, it will be a very good yardstick for others to emulate".

For Felix Odogu (F/No. 477657), the Puzzles Group chairman said the Constable who serves with the Swift Operation Squad (SOS), exhibited an unparalleled act of gallantry on 23rd October 2012 during a police raid on a militant camp in Khana LGA of Riverrs State. Odogu was the first person to scale the wall into the militant's stronghold where he came under a hail of bullets.

He was undaunted and defended himself even as other members of his team offered him cover and reinforcement.

The militants' attack and resistance was eventually repelled. After the gun battle, 14 of the militants were shot dead and 6 AK 47 rifles, 444 rounds of live ammunitions and magazines were recovered.

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