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PAY COMPENSATION TO #EndSARS VICTIMS, NEC DIRECTS STATES

The National Economic Council has directed state governments to pay compensation to victims of police brutality across the country.

NEC also urged youths across the country not to go ahead with the memorial protests scheduled to hold in different parts of Nigeria to mark one year after the EndSARS nationwide protests in October 2020.



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Published on October 16, 2021
By Odoh Dominic Chukwuemeka


NEC, chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, made the resolutions at the end of a meeting on Friday, according to a statement by the Vice-President’s spokesman, Laolu Akande.

The statement was titled, ‘NEC: States, FG To Pay Compensation To Victims Of EndSARS Protests & Prosecute Those Indicted’.

It said NEC received an update on the reports from 28 state judicial panels of inquiry into allegations of human rights violations against members of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.

The 28 states that set up these panels are Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, and Taraba.

The NEC resolved as follows, “Each state, in collaboration with the Federal Government, shall establish modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels. Already, as resolved by NEC, a number of states have set up Victims Compensation Funds, from which several victims have already received payments of sums awarded to them by the panels.



“Council directed State Governors to immediately forward copies of final reports of the panels to their Attorneys-General for prompt arraignment and prosecution of all indicted persons.


“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.

“NEC called on the leadership of the security agencies to ensure that – “a. Persons recruited into arms-bearing security agencies undergo psychiatric evaluations and drug tests before enlistment and periodically after enlistment to ensure that the personnel are psychologically fit to carry live weapons and to identify behavioural tendencies that may require psycho-social interventions.

“b. Personnel of the agencies dutifully observes Rules of Engagement in the discharge of their functions/duties around and within the civilian populace.”

The Council also advised youths all over the country not to embark on any protest as a result of the security situation in Nigeria.

“While appreciating the role of lawful peaceful protests in the advancement of public discourse under democratic governance, the National Economic Council strongly advises those planning public protests across the country to mark the anniversary of the #EndSARS, to consider other lawful alternative means of engagement.

“This is because of the 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. Council, therefore, urges the organizers to reconsider their plan.”




By Odoh Dominic Chukwuemeka

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