Six families of six policemen killed during the October EndSars protest were on Thursday given N10million each by the Lagos State Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu as compensation for the loss of their loved ones.
The cheques were presented by Governor Sanwo-Olu to wives of the police officers who lost their lives in active service during the violent #EndSARS protest in the state, at the 14th annual Town Hall Meeting on Security with the theme,” Lagos Security: Resilience In The Face Of Adversity ” organised by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF).
In addition to the financial assistance, the governor further announced the state government will give scholarship awards to the children of the fallen officers.
Sanwo-Olu said, “As we rebuild our state security remains our top priority. We will continue to expand and improve on our security architecture until we achieve a world-class system. We recognize that socio-economic growth is meaningless without an efficient security apparatus in place.
“As the chief security officer of the state, my solemn promise to all law-abiding citizens is that Lagos State will always be for them. We will stop at nothing to flush out all criminal elements whose sole aim is to foment chaos and perpetrate crime. Let me sound this note of warning. There is no hiding place for criminals and bandits in Lagos State. “”
The governor said the state government has committed a whooping N32. 76 billion to public order and safety in 2021 Appropriation Bill he presented to the state House of Assembly, adding that the state government presented 120 vehicles to the security agencies in the last 100 days in addition to the creation of additional area command in Ilashe and provision of logistics for all the formations in the state.
‘’ Although there appears to be an increase in the criminal activities of late because of the extensive destruction of police assets, it is important to state that we are currently establishing makeshift offices for the operations of the police.’’