Following the recommendations of the Cornelius Akintayo-led judicial panel, the Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi on Monday, presented a cheque of N7.4 million to victims of police brutality in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor presented cheques of various sums of N7.4 million to the first batch of petitioners in Ado Ekiti.
Governor Fayemi while presenting the cheques to the victims of police brutality apologised for the hurt and negative psychological effects of their experiences.
According to him, his administration will ensure that residents of the state have access to “service-oriented” courts, to ensure speedy administration of justice.
He said, “my administration recognises that enforcing the rights of victims requires efficient institutions without which our laws and policies may not be sustainable.
“The judiciary and the ministry of justice are important institutions in this regard,” Fayemi said.
He added, “I hope that this monetary compensation will contribute to repairing your financial loss and other psychological and physical injuries that you may have suffered. Please accept my very best wishes.”
Disenchanted Nigerians trooped to the streets across the country in October 2020, to protest against police brutality and an end to the notorious special anti-robbery squad (SARS). This culminated in the shooting and killing of unarmed peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20, 2020.