Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has stated that the government will pay N190 million as compensation to victims of the 2020 EndSARS protests against police brutality, as recommended by the State Judicial Panel of Enquiry.
On Friday, Obaseki spoke with Edo youths about EndSARS at Government House in Benin.
The governor stated that his government had agreed to follow the panel’s recommendations.
“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 was struck out, while 10 were dismissed.
“The panel recommended compensation to be paid to victims totaling N190 million, while the amount of judgment sum recommended to be enforced was N98 million.
“I have accepted that we will pay those who were victims, not waiting for anybody, not even the Federal Government.
“There should be regular promotions for the police as at when due, enforcement of welfare package, training and re-training of police officers, upward review of salaries, yearly mental evaluation and quarterly test for hard drugs.
“We promised that against all odds, we will change the face of governance and this will only be possible through frequent and constant interactions”, Obaseki said.
The governor gave N1 million each to two EndSARS protest victims, Ohima Steven and Miracle Ailenokhoria, and promised to continue paying for their treatment.
In his remarks, Ogbidi Eromosele, a member of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry, thanked the governor for ensuring that youths were represented on the panel.