Lagos State Government will compensate victims of SARS killings – Sanwo-Olu

the protesters on Monday demanded that the police authorities “carry out psychological evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they are redeployed.”
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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said that the government will reward victims of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) killings in the state.

On Monday, Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance while addressing the Lekki Toll Gate #EndSARS protestors.

He said that the fee and other agitations of the demonstrators would be resolved amicably, and advised them to cool down.

The Governor, who read some of the names of the citizens who were victims of the excesses of SARS, told the young citizens that the government would get to and reward the families.

According to him, the voices of the young people were heard, and now the discussion should take the next step forward.

Sanwo-Olu said that by Tuesday in Abuja, he would take their demands directly to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that Inspector General of Police (I-GP) Mohammed Adamu declared on Sunday that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad had been disbanded after days of demonstrations over alleged excesses.

Despite the disbandment, protesters from #EndSARS stormed the Lekki Toll Gate portion of the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos, in the early hours of Monday to restart protests.

The rise culminated in many hours of gridlock in which drivers and motorists were caught up on their way to work, while others went home.

NAN reports that IGP Adamu had said a new policing arrangement to replace the dissolved police unit would be announced in due course.

He said that all officers of the disbanded SARS had been redeployed with “immediate effect”.

Meanwhile, the protesters on Monday demanded that the police authorities “carry out psychological evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they are redeployed.”

They also demanded the “release of all arrested protesters, justice for all deceased victims of police brutality, and appropriate compensation for their families.”

They also demanded “increased salaries for police officers as well as the establishment of an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of police misconduct within 10 days.

Meanwhile, President Buhari said on Monday that the disbandment of the SARS was the first step to extensive police reforms by his administration.

(NAN)

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