Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the payment of N5 million compensation to Adedotun Clement, an Uber driver who was beaten on October 20, 2021, during a rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protest in the state.
Sanwo-Olu said in a statement on Saturday that he had instructed the Honorable Attorney General to schedule a meeting and pay him the compensation awarded by the court.
The State’s Attorney General must abide by the court’s decision, he said, even though the State Government has appealed the decision. He said he intervened in this case on behalf of the public interest.
“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.“