The Lagos State government has awarded scholarships to the children of police officers killed during the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protest in the state.
Hakeem Odumosu, the commissioner of police in the state, had revealed that six officers were killed and 38 injured in the mayhem that ensued after hoodlums hijacked peaceful protest in Lagos.
The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced this on Wednesday, during a visit to the police command headquarters in Ikeja, to interact with police personnel on ways to ensure safety of lives and property in the state.
“The most important requests is to offer scholarships to the children of officers who died.
“I have directed the Lagos State Scholarship Board, under the Special Adviser on Education, to immediately award scholarships to the children of the slain officers”, Sanwo-Olu said.
He also said the state government will set up a “Rebuild Lagos Trust Fund” in the aftermath of the destruction in the state.
Sanwo-Olu pointed out that the reform of the police force, as demanded by the #EndSARS protesters, has started.
He also promised that his administration will compensate the families of the policemen killed, take care of their burial expenses, and foot the hospital bills of injured officers.
The governor said all damaged personal and official vehicles of police officers will be replaced.
He acknowledged and thanked the police personnel for their support and their dedication to serve the people of Lagos.
“You have not been truly acknowledged but I want to thank you. You have been gallant. You have shown how critical you are in our society. We might come from different background but we are all humans created by God.
“The Lagos State Police Command has been a delight in spite of our differences and inadequacies. You did not create the problems, these are institutional problems. As your governor, I acknowledge what you do and what you stand for.
“As your governor, I take full responsibility for what happened and has not happened. I will not shy away from it,” he said.
He warned those peddling false information on social media to desist, saying “we will not join issues with anybody. We are moving forward. We will heal our lands and Lagos will be better for it.”
Earlier, Odumosu commended Sanwo-Olu’s administration and appealed to the governor to further provide the command with security equipment.
Leye Oyebade, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, South-west, noted that there is need to go back to the drawing board, adding that the way forward is to re-address the method of policing in the country by embracing community and digital policing.