President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday evening met with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the #EndSARS protest in Lagos State.
This was made known in a post on the Lagos State Governor official Twitter page.
“Today, I met President Muhammadu Buhari to present the demands of the Lagos #EndSARS protesters.
“The President restated his commitment to embark on a holistic reform of the entire Police Force,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Sanwo-Olu had said the Lagos State Government would be setting up a panel of enquiry that will comprise youth leaders appointed by EndSARS protesters, members of the public, Government officials, and security agencies to look into the allegations of human rights abuses levelled against SARS operatives in Lagos.
He said the objective of the panel was to bring indicted officers to book and get justice for victims of SARS operations, this was even has he set up a Trust Fund to compensate the families of the victims of police brutality in the State.
The Governor said the process of managing and disbursing the funds will be completely supervised by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) appointed by members of the public.
While addressing youths protesting against SARS’ excesses at the State House in Alausa, Sanwo-Olu said he identified with the protesters in their campaign against police brutality. He, however, pleaded with the aggrieved youths not to undermine the legitimacy of their grievances by being violent and destructive.
The protesters at Alausa handed a communique to which detailed their five-point demand to the governor and in response, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the Government would be addressing three of the protesters’ demands that are within the purview of the State and promised to engage the President and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on the remaining demands.