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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the arrest of four police officers who brutally assaulted #EndSARS protesters in the Surulere area of the state on Tuesday, October 13. Recall that during the protest, the policemen fired gunshots that killed a driver who was a bystander. The officers who are from the Area C command also arrested some of the protesters who were later released.
Speaking at a press conference earlier today, Governor Sanwo-Olu announced that the erring officers have been arrested and are facing orderly trial.
“Also, to mention that Lagos state is taking the issue of police misconduct very seriously, earlier this week, we all recall the incident that happened at the Area C command in Surulere. All four officers have been identified and are going through an orderly trial.
All the four erring officers whose name I will also mention have also been apprehended and are going through an orderly trial. They are Inspector Bagou Michael, Inspector Ekpoudom Etop, – Sergent Nnamdi Madura, and Sergent Akinyemi Benson.
“We have also set up a panel to look into all cases of police brutality and fatality and have set up a N200m compensation fund. I will make all announcements shortly. Once again, I apologise to any protester that has faced brutality during any of the protests days.”
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Earlier this week, we recorded an incident of police misconduct at the Area C Command in Surulere. I can categorically tell you that all four erring police officers (Inspector Bagou Michael; Inspector Ekpoudom Etop; Sgt Nnamdi Majura and Sgt. Akinyemi Benson) are facing an orderly room trial which we are monitoring closely. While nothing can make up for lives lost or maimed due to police brutality, we have set up a N200M victims trust fund to take care of all compensations of verifiable cases of SARS brutality and fatality in the State. I totally apologize to everyone who was either harassed, attacked or brutalized during the cause of the protests. We want you to know we take your lives and well-being seriously, and we will never take it for granted. From next week, we will be setting up a help desk for complaints, and petitions to the panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses. You can reach the help desk on the following numbers: 0901 051 3203; 3204 and 3205.