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Deputy Police Commissioner dies of COVID-19 in Edo. PHOTOS

A Deputy Commissioner of Police in Edo State has died of complication from the coronavirus.

DCP Francis Adie Bissong, the DC State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department in Benin, passed away on Tuesday, 21 April.

He was also DCP in charge of Zonal Criminal Investigations Department, Zone 5 Benin.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Tuesday, announced three new casualties as the country reached an unprecedented triple-digit for confirmed cases for the first time.

One hundred and seventeen persons were infected, more than a 400 per cent surge.

DCP Bissong is the first documented security personnel to succumb to the virus in Nigeria and more could follow.

Although not endangered as much as the healthcare workers in the country, the law enforcement agents face the risk of contracting the virus in the course of enforcing lockdown.

While the medics receive all the attention in terms of protection kits and welfare, officers have none of such since the outbreak.

Ninety-five Chinese police officers have died in the fight against the coronavirus, in contrast, 46 medical workers lost their lives.

This figure may be peculiar to the Asians, however, the need for better welfare and protection for security personnel can’t be overemphasized.

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