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Police Brutality: Makinde Unveils N1bn Package For Victims

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says he has prepared packages totaling the sum of N1 billion to compensate victims of police brutality and injustice in the state.

He said the plan was also put in place to assist Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) schemes, for youths.

Makinde, who made the disclosure while addressing traditional rulers, local government chairpersons, security operatives, and other stakeholders at a meeting, said that the state government will equally employ 5,000 youths across the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), in order to address the challenge of youth unemployment in the state.

He added that the state will also ensure that the 2021 Budget captures a Direct Labour Agency that will allow youths with prerequisite skills to have access to jobs whenever projects are awarded.

He stated that apart from the platforms already put out by the government for victims of police brutality to report their experiences, the state will inaugurate the judicial panel of inquiry within the next one week, adding that his government will continue to live up to its mantra of putting the people first.

Makinde, who expressed sadness at the news of the kidnap of an LCDA chairman, said the government will do everything within its power to get him freed, but that local government chairmen also have work to do within the localities – and quickly too.

He maintained that the state will begin the process of rebuilding police stations that were razed or vandalised, warning residents of the state to, however, be vigilant and watchful about external people coming to attack facilities in the state, as, according to him, killing, arson are not part of Oyo State, “a state of Omoluabi.”

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