Adedotun Clement, an Uber driver, was assaulted on October 20, 2021, during a rally to commemorate the state’s EndSARS protest’s first anniversary. Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has mandated that Clement receive compensation in the amount of five million nairas.
The governor stated that he had “directed the Honorable Attorney General to set up a meeting and pay him the compensation awarded by the court” in a statement on Saturday. “.
Adedotun was allegedly tortured on October 20, 2021 at the Lekki Toll-Gate during the first EndSARS anniversary, and on March 14, 2023, the court ordered the state government to compensate him with N5 million.
Inibehe Effiong, Adedotun’s attorney, claimed in a statement on Friday that the Lagos government had rejected the High Court’s decision due to the “lack of evidence for the torture.”. “.
During a demonstration to mark the first anniversary of EndSARS, Adedotun, according to his lawyer, was transporting a passenger to the mainland of Lagos when he ran into gridlock at the Lekki Toll-Gate. “Police officers and members of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency tortured and pepper-sprayed him.
The state government, however, had opposed the applicant’s claims during the hearing of the matter on grounds of law and facts, according to a statement released by the justice ministry on Saturday by its public relations officer, Grace Alo.
“As is customary when a judgment is rendered against the State Government, the counsel handling the case is enjoined to file an appeal (a right guaranteed by the Constitution) along with an application to stay the judgment’s execution in order to safeguard and reserve the rights the State Government is entitled to under the law. “.
Gov. Sanwo-Olu asserted, however, that he was dedicated to upholding the law in his capacity.
The governor stated on his verified Twitter page:.
“Good evening, Lagos. As governor, I’m dedicated to upholding the law and securing the rights of the populace with authority and compassion.
“I recently learned about the case involving Mr. Clement Adedotun and the ruling by the Federal High Court, and I comprehend the effect this legal dispute has had on him.
“After reviewing Mr. Clement’s case, I’ve instructed the Honorable Attorney General to schedule a meeting and give him the compensation the court has determined he deserves. “.
While the state government has appealed the decision, the governor claims that.
“I have intervened in this matter on behalf of the public interest, and I have asked the Attorney General of the state to abide by the court’s decision. “.
As a staunch supporter of the rule of law, Sanwo-Olu praised all parties for pursuing justice through the proper channels and reaffirmed his commitment to upholding the rights of all Lagosians.