The House of Representatives yesterday has said it will compensate families of patriotic Nigerians who lost their lives while protesting against the assault of citizens by the dissolved unit of the Nigeria Police Force, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The move was revealed on Tuesday (yesterday), October 14 by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabimaila, at the commencement of the plenary session.
Gbajabiamila who also condemned the ‘unprofessional’ activities of the controversial unit of the police force, while speaking at the plenary yesterday stated that the House is committed to reform of the force.
The speaker also said, the leadership of the House will in that regard meet with the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and other Civil Society Organizations.
Gbajabiamila said that names of those affected will be noted and adequate provisions will be made to compensate their family members.
“Protest by our constituents on SARS and police brutality has been loud and clear” he said. The government has listened, the IGP and the President have spoken.
We will hopefully get the names of those who lost their lives, and during the budget defence, we will make adequate provisions to compensate the families of those who have lost their lives.
“As part of our resolution last week, that within 30 days, we will commence reform of the police, the leadership of the House will meet with NBA and other civil society organizations.”