Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Thursday compensated the families of six police officers who were killed in the wake of the violence that trailed the recent #EndSARS protest with N10 million each.
The governor had made the pledge made during an earlier meeting with police officers at the state police command.
As part of the promise to the families, Mr Sanwo-Olu also announced scholarship awards to the children of the deceased officers up to the university level.
The governor presented cheques to the wives and children of the slain officers at the 14th town hall meeting on security held at Civic Centre on Victoria Island. The yearly event with the theme “Lagos Security: Resilience in the Face Adversity” was organised by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF).
The late police officers are Yaro Edward, an assistant superintendent of police (ASP), Inspector Ayodeji Erinfolami, Inspector Aderibigbe Adegbenro, Inspector Samsom Ehibor, Sergeant Bejide Abiodun and Inspector Igoche Cornelius.
Sanwo-Olu described the slain officers as “heroes”, saying the deceased sacrificed their lives to secure lives and property in the state. He said the compensation was the state government’s modest reward for their gallantry, pointing out that the gesture would help the families to heal from the loss.
He said: “Some of our gallant police officers paid the supreme price for our security and safety during the recent #EndSARS protests. These are the officers deployed to protect our families from hoodlums but they were lynched in the violence. Today, I am happy to announce and present N10 million compensation through LSSTF to each family of the officers. All their children have also been placed on scholarship up to university level, courtesy of the State Government.”
The governor, at the event, received the report of security activities across the state in the last 12 months from Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu, expressing his delight at the downward trend observed in sophisticated crimes such as kidnapping and armed robbery in the last one year.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the government would be committing funds to social protection to address contributing factors to crimes, including substance abuse, unemployment and poor education.