The Lagos State Government has set up a N200 million fund for residents in the state who have been victims of police brutality.
This disclosure was made by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, while addressing some angry protesters, in Alausa, Ikeja, and keeping up with his promise yesterday to address the issue of compensation for the victims.
While making the announcement, the governor requested from the leaders of the protests, a list of names of Lagos State residents that have been affected by police brutality.
He said that the compensation funds will be supervised by Civil Society Organizations appointed by members of the public.
The governor in a tweet post said, ‘’We are also immediately setting up a trust fund to compensate the families of police brutality in Lagos state even though no amount of money can reduce their plain. The trust fund will be supervised by a team appointed transparently by members of the public.’’
Sanwo-Olu, while calling on the protesters to send the list of all those that have fallen victim of SARS brutality in Lagos, said that he fully identifies with their #EndSARS struggles and feels their pain.
Sanwo-Olu, who joined the protesters in Alausa, Ikeja, received a letter containing a list of their demands and once again reiterated his support. He said he is going to Abuja, today, to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and would clearly point out these issues to him.
In a related development, the Lagos State Governor has directed the police to release all those arrested during the #EndSARS protests in the state.
Sanwo-Olu, in a statement which was signed by the Lagos state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, on Tuesday reiterated the need for the youth to reciprocate the Lagos State Government’s gesture by shunning further protests. He urged them to allow the government to take steps to resolve the situation that sparked the protests.
— Nairametrics (@Nairametrics) October 13, 2020