Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured #EndSARS protesters that their voices have been heard.
The Governor made this statement on Monday, 12th October, as he addressed the protesters in Lekki who blocked the expressway.
“Your voice has been heard clearly and a clear pronouncement has been made on the activities of SARS,” the governor said.
“The operation has been dissolved by the police leadership and just a moment ago, Mr. President addressed the nation on the issues you have raised. The President has said all SARS officers that are involved in the killing of innocent people and engaging in human rights abuses will be brought to justice.”
He also urged the protesters to be peaceful, telling them their protest was legitimate.
The governor, however, pleaded with them not to block the roads while passing on their grievances to the authorities.
“My stance on this #EndSARS is unmistakable and I have told you that we identify with this protest because you have legitimate concerns,” Sanwo-Olu said.
“I am saying it again here that this protest is in good faith. But, we must not be unruly when going out on a protest like this. We want you to be peaceful and decorous in expressing yourselves.”
The Lagos state governor said he spoke with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, on Monday, 12 October 2020, to make known the position of the Lagos State Government on police reforms. He also added that he will visit President Buhari on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 to present the demands of Lagos youths on the issues.
The Governor praised the courage of the protesters and urged them not to block the key road.
Sanwo-Olu also said the State Government would work with the police leadership on compensation for the family members of victims of SARS brutality in Lagos.