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Gov. Sanwo-Olu rejects court order to pay N5m to cab driver tortured during EndSARS memorial

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu, has refused to comply with a court order to compensate an Uber driver who was tortured during the #EndSARS memorial.

The Federal High Court in Lagos had ordered the Lagos State Government to pay N5 million as compensation to Adedotun Clement, who was severely beaten by officials of the State Neighbourhood Safety Agency and the Nigeria Police Force during the first anniversary of the EndSARS protest in 2021.

Clement was carrying a passenger to Lagos Mainland when he encountered a gridlock at the Lekki Toll-Gate and was intercepted by officials. A video of the assault went viral, sparking outrage on social media.

Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, filed a lawsuit against the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Police Force to seek redress.

Justice Allagoa ruled that the treatment meted out to the applicant violated his right to dignity and awarded N5 million as damages.

Effiong wrote to Governor Sanwo-Olu to demand compliance with the judgment, but the governor refused to act on the demand.

The Lagos State Government has filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal in Lagos, claiming there was no evidence that Clement was tortured.

 

 

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