Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has rejected demands to pay the sum of N5million as compensation to a 35-year-old Uber driver who was assaulted during the EndSARS memorial.
A Federal High Court in Lagos had on March 14, 2023 ordered the Lagos State Government to pay the said sum to Adedotun Clement who was severely tortured on October 20, 2021 at the Lekki Toll-Gate during the first EndSARS anniversary.
Clement was carrying a passenger to Lagos Mainland when he encountered a gridlock at the Lekki Toll-Gate during a protest to commemorate the first anniversary of EndSARS.
He was tortured and pepper-sprayed by officers of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency and policemen.
The attack on the Uber driver was captured on video and reported by television stations and newspapers, and attracted a nationwide condemnation.
Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, filed a lawsuit against the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Police Force to seek redress.
Following the judgment, Effiong wrote a letter Governor Sanwo-Olu on March 16, 2023 demanding compliance with the judgment. However, the governor refused to act on the demand. The Lagos State Government has now filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal in Lagos against the judgment.
In a Notice of Appeal filed on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, but served on Friday, March 23, signed by Dr. Babajide Martins, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, the government said there was no evidence that the Uber driver was tortured.