#Endsars: Sanwo-Olu obeys court, directs payment of N5m compensation to Uber driver
Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the payment of N5 million compensation to an Uber driver, Adedotun Clement, who was assaulted on October 20, 2021, during a rally to mark the one-year anniversary of #EndSARS protest in the state.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had in a judgement ordered Lagos State, and Nigerian Police to pay N5 million as compensation to Adedotun Clement over the beating, and brutality meted out to him by the police during the #Endsars riots of 2021. Although Lagos State had filed an appeal, the governor directed the state Ministry of Justice to obey the court judgement rather than contest it.
Sanwo-Olu in a statement on Saturday said he had “directed the Honorable Attorney General, Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN to set up a meeting and pay him the compensation awarded by the court.
He said although the State Government has appealed the ruling, he 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.
His statement reads: “Good evening Lagos, as Governor, I’m committed to upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ rights with empathy and authority.
I recently became aware of the case involving Mr. Clement Adedotun and the judgment by the Federal High Court, and I understand the impact this legal battle has had on him.
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.
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.
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