OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Tuesday called for the use of 1% VAT- Value Added Tax- to repair destructions across the country from the hijacked #EndSARS protests.

This resolution followed a motion moved by Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti) on the need for the Federal Government to assist Lagos State Government in rebuilding its infrastructure.

Recall that the #EndSARS protest, which assumed a global dimension, began on 3 October, 2020, when the video of a SARS officer who allegedly shot a young Nigerian in Ughelli, Delta State, surfaced online.

Consequently, youths across the country staged peaceful protest against the activities of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) under the Nigeria Police Force which lasted for almost two weeks.

The protest however took a sad turn on the 20th of October when several media accounts revealed that peaceful protesters were allegedly shot at by the Nigerian military at the Lekki toll gate.

The controversial Lekki shooting has elicited silence from the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, even though many senators expressed their positions on the dreaded and disbanded police unit.

This Lekki incident gave rise to wanton looting and destruction of public and private assets all over the country.

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, estimated that the destroyed assets is worth over N1 trillion.

Apart from the 1% VAT, other prayers approved by the red chamber from the motion include that the federal government provides assistance to repair damaged assets in Lagos.

The Federal Government was urged to set up a visitation panel to assess the level of destruction of public and private assets in Lagos State.

In a similar motion, Senator Gershom Bassey decried the violent attacks on properties in Calabar due to the incident.

His residence was equally raided at the time.

From his motion, the red chamber resolved that its joint committees on National Security and Intelligence, Defence, Police Affairs, Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate the invasion of the ancient city of Calabar on the 24th day of October, 2020.

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