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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Slain hero cop: Nigerian donors exceed $15,000 target in 24 hours

In an overwhelming show of love and devotion to a cause , Nigerians from different parts of the world raised over $ 15 , 000 for the family of Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko, the policeman that was killed during a robbery in a branch of Zenith Bank in Imo State .

As of 11 . 08 pm on Monday, $ 16 , 476 had been raised on a fundraising platform ,
GoFundMe , by 390 people .

The feat was achieved within 24 hours of the start of the campaign by PUNCH
Newspapers and other social activists in the country , led by Kayode Ogundamisi .

The late sergeant in whose honour the project was initiated , Chukwudi , died on February 23 , 2017 after confronting some robbers who invaded a Zenith Bank branch on Wetheral Road , Owerri .

The late father of eight children , in a 2 . 58 video clip released in June 2017, could be seen engaging a four -man robbery gang in a gun battle , during which he shot dead one of the robbers .

The video , which went viral on the social media , also captured Chukwudi being shot at by one of the robbers after he ran out of a security post at the entrance of the bank.

Investigation by The PUNCH revealed that the victim died a day after the incident .

His widow , Rose , in an exclusive interview , lamented that one of their eight children , Chukwuebuka , died from shock on the day of the father ’ s burial , adding that the police authorities abandoned her and her surviving children .

She also said Zenith Bank only paid for the burial of her husband .

Readers had challenged PUNCH Newspapers to create a platform to raise funds for the deceased ’ s family , with many Nigerians pledging to support the cause .

With the support of some activists, PUNCH Newspapers took up the gauntlet and created a GoFundMe account for the family on Sunday , setting a target of $ 15 , 000 .

In less than 24 hours , the target was exceeded .

PUNCH Metro observed that the highest donation was $ 1 , 000 and the least was $ 5 .

While some of the donors commended the courage of the deceased policeman , others asked the Nigerian government to also support the family .

One Elochukwu Obimdike , who gave $ 5 , said, “ You won’ t know ( what ) this feels until it happens to someone that you know . ”
Another donor , Tope Fasua , who gave $ 120 , asked that part of the funds should be used to support the other policemen involved in the tragedy .

“Please , let us use this money for the other affected policemen and to put Zenith Bank and Nigerian Police under pressure . Thanks The PUNCH for this initiative . You clocked the amount in one day , plus extra , ” he wrote .

Another contributor, Tinu Ojikutu , who gave $ 20 , said, “ Your husband and your dad was such a brave man . He was a hero . I pray the Lord continues to comfort you all. God bless you . ”

Nigerians , who are willing to make contributions , but could not explore
GoFundMe platform , requested that a bank account should be opened in the name of the family for naira donation .

A Twitter user , Morakinyo , @ tipsy 8701, said she had difficulty donating to the cause through GoFundMe .

“Please , can PUNCH provide a bank account to pay the fund? My payment is not going through on the platform . Thank you, ” she tweeted .

Another Nigerian , Stan , with a Twitter handle , @ Stannwasky, was also interested in donating , but for the technicality of the online platform .

“ Don’ t know how to donate through this stuff, ” she wrote .

On the GoFundMe page , one Fredrick Obinna - Raymond Chukwuemeka , requested the opening of a bank account domiciled in Nigeria .

He posted , “Please , is there any Nigerian bank account ( in which) one can make his own donation ?”

Visitors to PUNCH Online , who read the story on the GoFundMe fundraising for the Ibokos, also wanted to donate in naira .

A poster , with the alias Soulchild , wrote , “PUNCH , how can one donate to this cause ? And must I only donate in USD? You are limiting the amount that can be raised by disenfranchising those of us that do not have domiciliary accounts . ”
Another reader , identified as Twins, inquired , “Is there an account number one can pay directly into ?”

One Moses also indicated interest , saying , “PUNCH kudos . To get more support which many of us want to give , kindly publish a bank account number we can credit in naira . ”
Amebo wrote , “ PUNCH , please publish the account number to enable my folks back home to make some payment to the account . I have already instructed them to donate some money into the account . ”

A Nigerian , who claimed to be resident outside the country , Dike Offor , said he had been following the story religiously and would like to assist the Ibokos .

“Please PUNCH , I don ’ t reside in Nigeria , but I am up to date with the news in my great country …please , I need the account number of the fundraising for the family , ” he said.

Following this , PUNCH Newspapers has decided to open a bank account for the purpose of raising funds in naira for the family .

Meanwhile , The PUNCH and its partners would soon announce three non -governmental organisations that would manage the funds raised for the family to ensure accountability .

( Punch)