I won’t approve 2021 budget without provisions for #EndSARS victims, ASUU – Gbajabiamila
The Speaker of House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said he will not sign the 2021 Appropriation Bill presently before the National Assembly if provisions are not made for the compensation of the families of victims of police brutality in the last decade.
Gbajabiamila also said he would also not sign the budget if the agreement between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government is not captured by the budget. In the Speaker’s opening remarks at the plenary on Tuesday, the he notes that the #EndSARS protests “have gotten more serious” with pockets of violence in parts of the country.
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Gbajabiamila opined that the protests “seem to have been hijacked” by those who have a different agenda. He noted that the Federal Government, through the National Human Rights Commission, had set up a panel of enquiry to take complaints from victims of police brutality.
According to the Speaker, none of these have convinced the agitators to suspend the protests. He disclosed that the House is considering the establishment of an independent body that investigates and recommends errant security operatives for sanction and prosecution. “The police cannot be above the citizens…and above the law,” he stated. The Speaker while threatening to withhold his signature to the appropriation bill, revealed that he would be leading a delegation of lawmakers to pay condolence visits to families of some of those killed by the police, stressing that they would be honoured after the visits.