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Lagos State Govt And Police To Pay N5m To Uber Driver Manhandle During #Endsars Anniversary – Court


Adedotun Clement, a driver for a taxi service who was assaulted by members of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA) and police officers at the #EndSARSMemorial rally at the Lekki tollgate in October 2021, has been awarded N5 million in compensation by a federal high court in Lagos.

When the #EndSARSMemorial rally was held to mark the one-year anniversary of the rally that saw many Nigerians take to the streets in protest against police brutality and the call for the infamous SARS unit to be disbanded, videos that were shared on social media at the time showed Clement being manhandled by LNSA staff and police officers.

After videos of Clement being manhandled was shared online, the LNSA announced that it had suspended the officers involved in the assault of the driver, and apologized to the victim. Clement however went to court and demanded N500 million from the state government as compensation.

Delivering judgment in the case on Tuesday, March1 4, the presiding judge, Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa, held that the treatment of Clement on October 20, 2021, amounted to violations of his right to dignity and awarded the sum of N5 million to him as compensation.

Reacting to the development, Inibehe Effiong, the applicant’s counsel, asked Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, to comply with the verdict and pay the compensation.