#EndSARS: Lagos Police Present 7 requests as Sanwo-olu kickstarts reforms implementation
NEWSMAN, Ikeja – Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has made at least seven demands to the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The demands came when Sanwo-Olu visited the Lagos Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja, on Wednesday, days after the #EndSARS protests against police brutality and extortion, widespread looting and arson that happened in Lagos. He pledged that the Police officers lynched in the wake of the violence will not die in vain.
The State Police Command bore huge loss in personnel, armoury and properties in the violence as Twenty-nine Divisional Police Stations and 17 Police Posts were razed by hoodlums disguising as protesters. Also, six police officers were lynched, 36 critically injured, while 71 police operational vehicles were torched.
“Commissioner of Police has come forward with a number of requests, which we will need to address to boost the morale of officers after the last week’s event. As your Governor, I have come here to take full responsibility for the loss your have suffered in terms of logistics. From tomorrow (Thursday), we will start implementing these requests, Sanwo-Olu said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu further revealed the requests presented to him.
“Through the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), we will be replacing the police operational vehicles burnt in the violence. We have bigger plan for all the police stations burnt down. We will look for the funds and build befitting stations that will set the standard of what police stations should be.
“The most important requests is to offer scholarship to the children of officers that died. I have directed the Lagos State Scholarship Board under the Special Adviser on Education to immediately award scholarship to the children of the slain officers.”
Sanwo-Olu said the State Government would also be compensating family members of the officers killed in the violence and take care of the burial arrangement of the slain officers, adding that the State would also be picking up the hospital bills of those injured in the mayhem.
“Police officers serving in Lagos are also to get life insurance from the State Government”Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu
The Governor also approved the request to upgrade the Police Cottage Hospital in Ikeja, directing the Commissioner for Health to inspect the facility for the required upgrade.
In addition to donating two 150KVa generating set to the police, Sanwo-Olu said the Command Headquarters would be connected to the State’s Independent Power Project (IPP) for constant power supply.
“The reform that you truly desire is starting today. The reform which the youths had clamoured for through the EndSARS protest is taking off and we will continue to engage the police on how to improve on what we have started. We will take up this cause with the objective to effect desired change and we will approach the high authorities for the requests that are not in our control.
“I will be leaving you with the thought that you all have responsibility to secure lives and properties. Your uniform is not for oppression; it is a symbol of dignity and discipline. You must protect the fundamental rights of all citizens without compromising ethics of your duty. It is only when you do this that the citizens would see that we have a Police that is truly responsible.”
Sanwo-Olu said the State would be championing the cause to improve citizen-police relationship to prevent re-occurrence of the issues that led to the EndSARS protest.