Indications suggest that several states have not yet complied with the direction issued by the National Economic Council, which is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to compensate those who have suffered due to police brutality in the nation. The directive was issued one year ago.
To mark the second anniversary of the #EndSARS demonstrations, campaigners have announced gatherings for today at the Lekki tollgate and other locations around the nation (Thursday).
Police, however, issued a caution against using violence while protesting.
Youths’ nonviolent protests against the abuses and violence of the police Anti-Robbery Squad, which was disbanded, served as the inspiration for the #EndSARS processions.
However, the demonstrations turned violent on October 20, 2020, when thugs took control of them and attacked the demonstrators, police stations, and businesses.
According to reports, during the commotion, 51 people, 11 police officers, and 7 troops perished. Following the order, 28 states and the Federal Capital Territory set up panels, while Yobe, Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara failed to do so.
Over 2,500 petitions were submitted to the panels across the nation.
However, two years after the deadly protests, many states had yet to implement the panels’ recommendations, including compensation for victims of the violence.
In October 2021, the NEC after a meeting directed state governments to pay compensation to the victims of police brutality across the country.
Following this, the Lagos State government paid N420m, while Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola presented the sum of N53.2m to 13 victims in May.
The National Human rights commission panel also known as the Abuja panel paid N439m and the Ekiti State government disbursed N21.25m.