Adedotun Clement, a driver who was assaulted during a #EndSARS event, was awarded a N5 million settlement by a federal high court. The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has stated that the state will pay the settlement.
This was disclosed by Sanwo-Olu in a tweet on Saturday.
According to him, he has directed the state’s attorney-general and commissioner for justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, to effect the payment.
In October 2021, Clement, a driver for a cab-hailing service, was manhandled by the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA) and police officers during the #EndSARSMemorial rally at Lekki tollgate.
The rally was organised to mark the anniversary of the #EndSARS movement.
On March 14, a federal high court in Lagos ordered the state government and NPF to pay N5 million as compensation to Clement.
Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa, the presiding judge, ruled that the way Clement was treated amounted to a violation of his right to dignity.
The Lagos government filed an appeal against the judgement on Tuesday.
Speaking on the development, Sanwo-Olu said he recently became aware of the case between the state government and Clement.
The Lagos governor added that although the state government had filed an appeal against the judgement, he interceded for the sake of public interest.
“I recently became aware of the case involving Clement Adedotun and the judgement by the federal high court, and I understand the impact this legal battle has had on him,” the governor said.
“After reviewing 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.
“As a strong advocate for the rule of law, I commend all parties for seeking justice through the appropriate channels, and I remain committed to upholding the rights of all Lagosians.”