Adedotun Clement, a driver, was assaulted by members of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency and the Nigeria Police Force on October 20, 2021, at the Lekki Toll-Gate during the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protests. Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the payment of N5 million in damages to Clement.
The state government and the police were ordered to pay the driver N5 million in compensation by a Federal High Court in Lagos earlier in March.
The court also denounced the Nigeria Police Force and Lagos State Government employees who tortured Clement.
Clement was assaulted on October 20, 2021, while he was carrying a passenger from the Island to the Mainland part of the state when he encountered the protest at the Lekki Toll Gate which was disrupted by officials of Lagos State and the police.
Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa had held that the treatment meted on the applicant amounted to a violation of his right to dignity and awarded the sum of N5 million as damages.
In a post on his verified Twitter handle on Saturday, the governor said he has directed that the damages be paid.
“I recently became aware of the case involving Mr. Clement Adedotun and the judgement by the Federal High Court, and I understand the impact this legal battle has had on him,” Sanwo-Olu tweeted.
“After reviewing Mr. Clement’s case, I’ve directed the Honorable Attorney General to set up a meeting and pay him the compensation awarded by the Court.
Although the State Government has appealed the ruling, I’ve interceded in this instance in the interest of the public good, and requested that the State’s Attorney General comply with the court’s ruling.”
Good evening Lagos, as Governor, I'm committed to upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens' rights with empathy and authority.— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) March 25, 2023
I recently became aware of the case involving Mr. Clement Adedotun and the judgement by the Federal High Court, and I understand the impact…