Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has, again, appealed to the youths demonstrating against police brutality in the State to leave the roads and embrace the dialogue for the resolution of their agitations.
The Governor, on Monday, said the State Government had shown sincerity and
willingness to address all concerns raised by the protesters, given the actions taken
so far, including the constitution of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and setting up of
compensation funds for the victims.
Sanwo-Olu made the appeal during the swearing-in of members of the
Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution at the State House in Marina.
The Governor’s appeal came on the heel of violent dimension assumed by the
EndSARS protests in some parts of the State.
Reiterating his solidarity with the protesters’ demands, Sanwo-Olu said the
pain expressed and concerns raised were genuine and legitimate.
This, he said, prompted the Federal and States’ governments to immediately
acquiesce to some of the demands, while setting process in motion to implement
others changes demanded.
The Governor urged the protesters to be part of the process of implementing the
reforms they clamoured for in the police, stressing that continuous blocking of
roads, Government and private offices would slow down the procedure of
implementing their demands.
“We have shown unprecedented commitment to the complete overhaul of the Nigerian Police.
The inauguration of this Judicial Panel of Inquiry is only the first step in a long line of
reformative actions that will lead to a thorough revamp and reorientation of the Nigeria Police.
I believe that some of the actions we have taken should, to a large extent, show our
sincerity and willingness to address all your concerns.
“Let me reiterate that I am on the side of the young people out there.
I understand your pain and I know your concerns are genuine and legitimate.
While we are able to immediately acquiesce to some of your demands, some others will require time.
We ask you to bear with us as we dutifully work on your demands