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Why will the lives and family of police be more important than that of the murdered youths at Lekki Toll Gate?

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It was mixed feelings penultimate Thursday for families of the six police officers killed in different parts of Lagos State during EndSARS protests hijacked by hoodlums, as they received a cheque of N10million each from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as compensation, but the family of over 72 Nigerian youths who were killed at Lekki Toll Gate massacre were never acknowledged. It was an emotion-laden moment for the widows of the slain police officers, all of whom could not hold back the tears as they received cheques from the governor.

Some guests, especially women who were also overtaken by emotions, wept uncontrollably as they watched families of the late police officers mount the stage one after another to receive the modest compensation from Lagos State Government, after the gruesome killing of their bread winners.

It was a difficult task to get an almost inconsolable Anato Edward, widow of the late Yaro Edward, an Assistant Inspector of Police who was killed while on his legitimate duty, to speak on behalf of the families. To Sanwo-Olu, Anato merely found courage to say: “Thank you for what you have done for us. I am very grateful.”

The compensation, without any iota of doubt, brought back bitter experience as widows of the slain police officers and the children were in sober mood throughout the entire programme. After receiving the compensation, the widows and their children could not control their emotions when Sanwo-Olu further announced scholarship for all the children of the deceased officers.

The scholarship offer would cover each of the children from their current academic stage to the university level. Tears of joy and perhaps of sorrow rented the air. The governor and some other eminent personalities had the onerous task of calming the women down.

The presentation of the N10million cheque to each of the families and scholarship to children of the late police officers during the 14th Annual Town Hall Meeting on Security, organised by Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), was in fulfillment of Sanwo-Olu’s promise to the Lagos Police Command during his visit to the police personnel after the EndSARS protests.

Why will the families of these police be treated differently, in which their fathers and husbands were a threat and tyrant to the innocent Nigeria who once were brutalized by these same police.

What makes the families of these policemen be more special than those families that had been hopeless since the Nigerians Army killed those struggling youths who were also breadwinners of their families too?

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To what reason will the governor of Lagos State claim or stand to ignore the families of those innocent youths whose lives were ended by the security agents who ought to protect them?

Why would the governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-olu and other political giants, including the incompetent president of Nigeria in person of Muhammadu Bihari (in which we know is not the real one anyways) tend not to care about the lives of those same youths who stepped out earlier in 2019 to vote for you all?

This is the highest level of fraud, partiality and favoritism. If the families of the deceased Nigerian youths who died as a fallen hero through police and SARS brutality were never cared about, so what makes the families of these dead policemen get a better treatment than them.

If the families of those youths never matters to the government, then the lives of the dead police also shouldn’t matter to them as well, because we are all the same, neither do all these people have two heads, 15 arms and 65 legs.

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