The Lagos State Government says it will continue to support the families of police officers who lost their lives during the recent “EndSARS” protest in the state.
The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, gave the assurance on Wednesday in Lagos when the executives of the Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) visited him.
Hamzat said that the state government would do all it could to bring succour to the families of the deceased officers.
According to him, government will ensure that their children have the best quality education up to the tertiary level, as government has put in place a scholarship scheme for them.
“Government will rebuild the stations razed down during the protest to rekindle their hope in the system and further boost the morale of the officers in the discharge of their duties in ensuring the protection of citizens,’’ he said
The deputy governor reiterated that the state government would do everything to assist the families of the dead officers, adding that they would never be abandoned.
“The process has started; the children will not suffer. We will keep to our promises,’’ he said.
Hamzat urged POWA to always interact and continue to be in touch with the wives and families of the deceased police officers for assistance.
“This will further encourage the women and give them the courage that they are not left alone,’’ he said.
The deputy governor, therefore, urged the association to be humane and interact more with other women, whose husbands were not police officers, so as to make them to know that police were not their enemies.
Earlier, the leader of the POWA delegation, Mrs Catherine Ogbizi, said that they were in the state to commiserate and identify with their members, whose husbands died as result of the #EndSARs protest.
Ogbizi said that POWA had one-on-one discussions with the women and their children, in efforts to encourage and support them.
She described the incident as very sad and devastating.
“We are in Lagos to condole with our sisters who lost their husbands and to tell them that we share in their pains.
“We were really shocked at what we saw in the course of our visit to some burnt police stations,’’ she said
Ogbizi appealed to the state government to assist in rebuilding the burnt stations in earnest, so that the officers would have a place to work and prevent them from being demoralised.