Lagos Panel Awards N36m To Police Officers Injured During EndSARS Protests

The Lagos Judicial panel on police brutality and other related matters has awarded the sum of N36.2 million to serving operatives who were bodily harmed during the EndSARS protests.

One of the police officers had his daughter raped during the EndSARS demonstration, a “Consolidated Report on General Police Brutality” by the panel revealed.

The document was made available on the Lagos State government’s website and the Attorney General of the state, Moyosore Onigbanjo, on Sunday urged the general public to download and go through it.

The much talked about Lekki Toll Gate report was also officially uploaded on the website.

In the consolidated document which was stamped with the seal of the Lagos Ministry of Justice, the panel stated that on January 8, 2021,it recieved reports of how police barracks, Area Commands, Divisional Headquarters and Police Posts were burnt and vandalized during the period.

A total of 65 police officers had to petition the panel demanding for compensation while detailing how they were affected by the EndSARS protests.

The panel only found 11 petitions from the police worthy to be heard.

A female officer, ACP Folashade Tiamiyu, had told the panel that she suffered greivous injury while serving in Orile Iganmu area of the state during the demonstration.

ASP Illiyasu Muhammed had also testified that unknown persons who allegedly engaged in the ENDSARS protest raped his 21 years old daughter, Summaya.

In all, the panel reported that it awarded compensation to 8 out of the 11 petitioners after establishing that the remaining three were not entitled for compensation from the panel.

“However, due to the exhaustion of the N400,000,000 set aside by the State Government as Victim’s Compensation Fund, the panel was unable to award the said compensation to the deserving petitions. The panel consequently recommends that the State Government approve and release the amounts awarded to the respective petitioners, ” the panel stated.

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