A rights group, Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’Foundation (HURIDE), has asked State Governors to immediately set up a special committee to access level of killings and destruction of public institutions with a view of compensating victims of #EndSARS protest in their various states.
The group particularly called for the compensation for families of Police officers who lost their lives during the protest.
In a statement issued on Monday and signed by its chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT), Dede Uzor Uzor and Chief Media Officer, Comrade Unah Zack Unah, HURIDE also appealed to the Governors to grant amnesty to the hoodlums who carted arms, including AK-47 raffles belonging to the Police but decided to return them within 14 days.
“We condemn the obnoxious and lackadaisical disposition of some governors especially the South East governors who had done nothing to support the police and boost their moral since after the #EndSARS protest paving the way for criminals to take over streets of each cities unleashing terror to citizens.
“We may not legislate for the Governors how much the state can pay each victim but they can take a cue from Governor Nyeso Nwike of Rivers State who was paying N20m to families of each of the late Police officers in addition to scholarship to their children,” it noted.
The group urged the Governors to assist the Police authority rebuild all the stations burnt or damaged during the violent-turned protest.
It further urged them to empower the vigilant groups in their respective states by paying them N30, 000 each to enable them complement the effort of the Police as part of community policing in the State.
“After 14 days, the Police authority should begin aggressive man -hunt of anyone linked with the incident until all the arms in wrong hands are fully recovered,” it added.
While sympathising with families of victims who lost their loved ones during the protest, HURIDE urged the governors to provide compensation to victims, especially those of the Lekki public killings by some suspected soldiers.