Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has awarded a scholarship to the children of officers of the Nigeria Police Force who lost their lives in the crisis that rocked the state a few days ago.
Naija News understands that the governor gave the directive to the Lagos State Scholarship Board on Wednesday, October 28, after visiting the Command Headquarters in Ikeja to boost the morale of officers.
Sanwo-Olu promised to rebuild the burnt police stations and also give life insurance to police officers and again assured that the children of the slain officers would be sponsored up to the university level.
There were expectations that the government will compensate the family of civilians who were killed by men of the Nigerian Army during the campaign against police brutality in the state. However, Governor Sanwo-Olu’s led government in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday, October 28 promised to compensate the families of the late policemen who died in the violence.
The statement claimed further that twenty-nine Divisional Police Stations and 17 Police Posts were razed by hoodlums disguising as protesters.
The released statement titled “SANWO-OLU AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP TO CHILDREN OF POLICEMEN WHO DIED IN LAGOS VIOLENCE,” reads:
•Also To Compensate Their Families
•Lagos To Rebuild Burnt Police Stations, Give Life Insurance For Officers
Police officers lynched in the wake of the violence that erupted last week in the State will not die in vain, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has pledged.
The State Government, on Wednesday, directed the Lagos State Scholarship Board to award scholarship to the children of the slain officers up to the university level.
The State Police Command bore huge loss in personnel, armoury and properties in the violence.
Twenty-nine Divisional Police Stations and 17 Police Posts were razed by hoodlums disguising as protesters. Also, six police officers were lynched, 36 critically injured, while 71 police operational vehicles were torched.
In spite of the loss, the police said they remained undeterred in performing their constitutional duties.
Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, made the offer to take the bill of replacing the logistics lost by the police when he visited the Command Headquarters in Ikeja to boost the morale of officers, following the demoralising events of the past week in which police officers and their stations were targeted by hoodlums.
The Governor got the assurance of the police’s commitment to strengthen security across the State from the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu.
Sanwo-Olu said the statutory duties of the Police could not be wished away because of the actions of a few bad eggs, noting that the impact of the police officers’ absence on the roads was generally felt by residents.
Meanwhile, a constitutional and human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has said family members of those affected by the Lekki toll gate shooting have refused to speak about the incident.
The senior lawyer claimed that the families refused to speak “because of the environment under which we operate”.