Bill To Compensate Victims of ENDSARS Passes Second Reading In Senate

A bill to recompense those hurt by the ENDSARS protest was approved for second reading by the Senate on Wednesday.


Senator Bassey Gershom, the bill's sponsor, stated it aimed to establish the Endsars Victims Compensation Fund. The proposed law was titled "A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Emergency Management Agency Act."


In 2020, tens of thousands of Nigerian youths protested against police brutality.


During the Endsars protests, which were held across the country, hoodlums took control of the protest, vandalized and looted valuable assets, killed some police officers and protestors, and destroyed both public and private property.


Various states established judicial committees of inquiry to address the concerns of the demonstrators and provide compensation for victims. The panels' recommendations were implemented, but there were grievances over it.


According to Senator Bassey, the creation of the Fund and the adoption of the Senate Joint Committee on Endsars' and the judicial panel of inquiry's recommendations will help the victims of the 2020 Endsars statewide protest.


The measure was referred to the Committee on Special Duties by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.



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