February 28, 2024

The Lagos State Government said it had paid N70 million in compensation to security officers who died or got injured in the line of duty in the state since the inception of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration in May 2019.

The Chief of Staff to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, stated this at the presentation of N5m cheque to the family of a Rapid Response Squad officer, SP Oluwatobi Peters, who died in active service.

A statement on Saturday by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Sesan Awobadejo, said medical care was also provided for security operatives who got injured while discharging their duties.

It stated, “The State Government provided the monetary support as a token and the government’s efforts at comforting the families left behind, maintaining that no amount of financial gift could make up for lost lives and the gallantry of the fallen patriots.

“The Chief of Staff added that this gesture was one of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s policies in ensuring the welfare of security personnel for the effective performance of their duties in protecting lives and properties in the state which is in line with the THEMES agenda on Security and Good Governance.

“He gave the assurance that the State Government would ensure the state remained secure and safe with far-reaching support to security operatives in the state in 2022 and beyond.”

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Chief of Staff, Mr. Olawale Musa, expressed the commitment of the administration to compensate the next-of-kin of police officers who passed away in active service in the state.

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