Succour for families of #EndSARS victims


Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has given N60 million and scholarships to families of police officers killed during the EndSARS protests,


Last Thursday, the families of the six police officers killed in different parts of Lagos State during the EndSARS protests received a cheque of N10million each from Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. They could not control their emotions. The widows of the slain officers cried as they received cheques from the governor. Some guests, especially women who were also overtaken by the emotion, wept uncontrollably as they watched families of the late Police officers mount the stage one after another to receive the modest compensation from Lagos State Government, after the gruesome killing of their bread winners.

It was a difficult task to get an almost inconsolable Anato Edward, widow of the late Yaro Edward, an Assistant Inspector of Police, to speak on behalf of the other families.

To Sanwo-Olu, Anato merely found courage to say: “Thank you for what you have done for us. I am very grateful.”

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The compensation without any iota of doubt brought back bitter experience as widows of the slain Police officers and the children were in sober mood throughout the entire programme. After receiving the 10 million naira compensation, the widows and their children could not control their emotion when Sanwo-Olu further announced scholarship for all the children of the deceased officers. The scholarship offer would cover each of the children from their current academic stage to the university level.

Sanwo-Olu and some other eminent personalities had the onerous task of calming the women down.

The presentation of the N10million cheque to the deceased families and scholarship to children of the late Police officers during the 14th Annual Town Hall Meeting on Security organised by Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) last Thursday was in fulfilment of Sanwo-Olu’s promise to the Lagos Police Command during his visit to the police personnel after the EndSARS protests.

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