#EndSARS Protests: FG, states to pay compensation to victims -NEC

EndSARS Protest in Surulere, Lagos.

The National Economic Council has resolved to pay compensation to victims of the #EndSARS protests.

The council also advised youths to shelve their planned #EndSARS protest on October 22.

Solacebase reports that the council comprises the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the 36 governors and ministers.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, announced this in a statement titled, ‘NEC: States, FG to pay compensation to victims of EndSARS protests and prosecute those indicted’

According to the statement, the resolution was reached at the NEC meeting presided over by Osinbajo in Abuja on Friday.

‘’NEC also ordered the police to ensure that all its officers indicted by judicial panels of inquiry are prosecuted, ‘’said the statement.

‘’The council also directed states “to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons.’’

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“Where incidents in the reports relate to matters of discipline, in addition to prosecution, NEC urged the Nigeria Police Force to take disciplinary action on the affected officers in line with the provisions of the Police Act 2020.”

It also resolved that payment of compensation to victims should proceed with each state, in collaboration with the Federal Government, establishing the modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels.

“The council, therefore, advised those planning protests to mark the anniversary of the #ENDSARS to reconsider the option in view of current security situation across the country and the possibility of such protests being hijacked by armed hoodlums and other opportunistic criminals to cause mayhem at such protest events and venues,” the statement read.

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