#EndSARS memorial assault: Sanwo-Olu orders payment of N5m compensation to victim

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*Governor, Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the payment of N5 million compensation awarded by a Federal High Court to Adedotun Clement, a driver who was assaulted during an #EndSARS event.

The governor disclosed this in a tweet on Saturday.

The tweet 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 judgement 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.” 5:26 PM · Mar 25, 2023

Recall that in October 2021, Clement was manhandled by the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA) and police officers during the #EndSARSMemorial rally at the 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 the police to pay N5 million as compensation to Clement.

The presiding judge, Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa, had ruled that the way the victim was treated amounted to a violation of his right to dignity.

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