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#EkitiAlert: #EndSARS; #Ekiti to begin Compensation of Victims in 14 Days

• Fayemi directs Victim-Centered review of Criminal Laws of Ekiti State

The Government of Ekiti State will in the next 14 days commence payment of compensation to 24 victims of the ENDSARS protests in the state.

This disclosure was made in Ado Ekiti today by the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda during his appearance at the public sitting of the State’s Judicial Panel of Inquiry into allegations of human rights violations against officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS).

Fapohunda informed the panel that the State Executive Council has approved the sum of N7,444,350 as recommended by the Judicial Panel for the compensation of 24 persons who were victims of police abuse and others persons who suffered injuries as a result of the violence that occured during that period.

He also said that the list of beneficiaries include 8 police officers who suffered physical injuries and loss of properties.

The Attorney-General further stated that in addition to the payment of compensations, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has also directed the immediate review of the criminal Laws of Ekiti State specifically with a view to recognizing victims of crime important stakeholders in the criminal justice process.

Fapohunda further said the State House of Assembly has today begun the consideration of the Criminal Code Law of Ekiti State in this regard. He also said the State Executive Council has approved the presentation of a Victims of Crime Bill to the State House of Assembly for consideration and possible passage into Law.

By this development Ekiti State becomes the first state in the country to award compensation to victims of the EndSARS Protests.

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