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The Lagos State House of Assembly has promised to include compensation for EndSARS victims in the state’s 202 budget that is currently in the House.

The chairman of the House Ad Hoc Committee on victims of the aftermath of the EndSARS protest in the state, Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, revealed this at the end of his three-day public hearing on Friday in Lagos.

Let us recall that the Spokesperson, Mudashiru Obasa, had set up a nine-member committee on October 26 to investigate the level of property destruction and loss of life, as well as to determine compensation for the victims.

Eshinlokun-Sanni, who is also the vice president, assured protesters that the Chamber will serve all genuine victims, adding that compensation would come as soon as possible.

“If your property is insured, LASACO is here to help you. We will do our best to make sure you receive good compensation.

“We will also make budget allocations from the 2021 budget for compensation to be paid. We will do our best and help you in our own way.

“We want to do our duty and identify with you about the incident.

“It is the government’s duty to intervene in such situations. Soon you will hear from us about the money we want to give you, ”he said.

Eshinlokun-Sanni said that the compilation and verification of the claims was to ensure that compensation was paid to all affected people.

“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu spoke on the issue and went to the president to present the protesters’ demands and they were accepted.

“SARS was dissolved and the government began the process of police reforms. But thugs hijacked the protest and began looting, mutilating and burning assets, “he said.

Speaking during the meeting, Daddy Savage Market’s Iyaloja, Fagba, Ms. Toyin Oladoyinbo, urged the government to help the traders as many of them lost their means of identification in the chaos.

Oladoyinbo then asked the government to remove the barracks around the Fagba area that housed thugs.

Mr. Oluwamayowa Ilori, another Fagba resident, said they were seriously affected by the violence due to the large number of criminals in the area.

Another victim, Ms. Christiana Nwachukwu, said her husband’s two stores were looted, adding that the commotion led to his untimely death.

“He was shocked when he reached the stores and died at the Lagos State University Hospital.

“Now, I don’t have the documents that the government wanted me to bring and I have five children to take care of,” he said.

In his speech, Mr. Oluyemi Samson of LASACO Assurance Plc, urged residents who lost their identification documents to obtain affidavits for loss of identification documents.

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