EndSARS: Obaseki pledges N190m compensation for victims, wants mental check for policemen
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki
The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Friday, disclosed that the state will pay N190m to victims of police brutality as recommended by the judicial panel of inquiry constituted to investigate cases of human rights, abuses, including extrajudicial killings, by the disbanded police Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Obaseki gave the assurance during a meeting with youths from the 18 local government areas of the state at the Government House.
He said, “I set up a panel to investigate cases of police brutality against the people. The panel has done its work and submitted its report.
“In summary, 117 petitions were received, 25 of them were struck out while 10 were dismissed. The panel recommended compensation to be paid to victims totalling N190m, while the amount of judgment sum recommended for enforcement was N98m. I have accepted that we will pay those who were victims; we are not waiting for anybody, not even the Federal Government.
“There should be a regular promotion for policemen when it’s due, enforcement of welfare package, training and re-training of police officers, upward review of salaries, yearly mental evaluation and quarterly tests for hard drugs.”
Giving reassurance that his administration would do all within its power to implement the 15 recommendations made by the panel, Obaseki described Edo youths as the state’s greatest asset.
The governor also gave paid N1m each to two victims of the EndSARS protests, Ohima Steven and Miracle Ailenokhoria, promising to pay for their continuous treatment.
He said, “The two young men brought here today as victims of the #EndSARS protest will get N1m each to ease their pains. I am working with the Commissioner for Health to pay for their continuous treatment.”
The youth, in their response, hailed the governor, promising to work with his government towards the realisation of the Making Edo Great Again) agenda