Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State says the government will compensate victims of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) killings in the state.
The governor gave the assurance on Monday, while addressing the #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate.
He said that the compensation and other agitations of the protesters would be addressed amicably, while appealing to the protesters to calm down.
The governor, who read out some of the names of the people who were victims of SARS excesses, assured the youths that the government would get to the families and compensate them.
According to him, the voices of the youths have been heard and the conversation should now be our next step forward.
Sanwo-Olu said that he would take their demands directly to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja by Tuesday.
It would be recalled the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday announced the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), following days of protests over its reported excesses.
In spite of the disbandment, #EndSARS protesters, in the early hours of Monday, stormed the Lekki Toll Gate section of the Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos, to resume demonstrations.
The development led to several hours of gridlock, in which commuters and motorists on their way to work were caught up, while others were forced to return home.
Regent Times reports that IGP Adamu on Sunday said that a new policing arrangement to replace the dissolved police unit would be announced in due course.
He also 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 establishment of an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of police misconduct within 10 days.