- Nigeria's lawmakers have announced plans to compensate families of the victims of police brutality across the country
- Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House, said the compensation package will be included in the 2021 budget
- Compensation of victims of police brutality is one of the key demands of the #EndSARS protesters
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Following days of relentless #EndSARS protests, the House of Representatives has announced the steps it is taking to meet one of the key demands of the protesters.
Recall that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, October 11, announced the dissolution of SARS after days of nationwide protests against the brutality of the operatives.
The #EndSARS protesters, however, refused to stop the agitations, insisting that the victims of the brutality of the police unit must be given compensation.
Thus, On Tuesday, October 13, the speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, announced that families of victims of police brutality, extortion, harassment and extrajudicial killing will be adequately compensated.
The Guardian reported that the principal lawmaker made the disclosure during the plenary session.
He further explained that the compensation package will be included in the 2021 budget.
President Buhari had on Thursday, October 8, presented a 13 trillion-naira budget proposal for 2021 before a joint session of the National Assembly.
The legislators are expected to make inputs in the country’s spending plan for 2021 before it is finally presented to the president for signing.
Meanwhile, following the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa has urged President Buhari to "shine his eyes".
Senator Marafa, a key member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state, claimed that the #EndSARS protests were actually targeted at the president's administration.
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According to him, crapping of SARS would do more harm than good.
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