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Uber Driver to Receive N5 Million from Lagos in #EndSARS Anniversary Assault Case

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The Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos has ordered the State Government and the Nigeria Police to pay the sum of N5 million as compensation to an Uber driver, Adedotun Clement, who was allegedly attacked, assaulted, and humiliated by officials of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency and the Nigeria Police Force during the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protests on October 20, 2021, at the Lekki Toll-Gate.

Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, held that the treatment meted on the applicant amounted to a violation of his right to dignity and awarded the sum of N5 million as damages.

The Court also condemned the torture of Clement by officials of the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Police Force

Clement was assaulted on October 20, 2021, while he was carrying a passenger from the Island to the Mainland part of the state when he encountered the protest at the Lekki Toll Gate which was disrupted by officials of Lagos State and the police.

Following the pandemonium that ensued after policemen and the officers of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency fired tear-gas canisters to disperse the peaceful protesters and arrested many protesters, Clement temporarily abandoned his car like other motorists and ran for his life.

But, by the time he returned to pick up his car, he was accosted, dragged, tortured, and manhandled by the officers who refused to listen to his entreaties that he was a Uber driver and only wanted to retrieve his car.

The assault which was captured on video, was reported by some media houses and it also went viral on social media.

In their attempt to forcefully put him inside the vehicle of the Lagos State Taskforce otherwise called Black Maria, the officials of the Lagos State Government in connivance with the police officers also used pepper spray on Clement who cried for help.

Following public condemnation that trailed the viral incident, Lagos-based human rights lawyer and activist, Mr Inibehe Effiong, took up the case and sued the Lagos State Government, the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency, the Attorney General of Lagos, and the Nigeria Police.

The applicant’s counsel, Inibehe Effiong, in his reaction to the judgment, expressed appreciation to the court for upholding the rights of his client.
Effiong also called on the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to comply with the judgment and pay the compensation in line with his public declaration that he has compensated victims connected with the EndSARS, and to reassure Lagosians that he believes in human rights.

Police Shoot Tear Gas At Youths During #EndSARSMemorial Procession At Lekki Tollgate

Civilians who joined the End SARS memorial procession today, October 20, at the Lekki Toll Gate were dispersed as police fired tear gas at them.

The protesters are at the toll gate to mark the second anniversary of the shooting during the End SARS protests.

The Lekki Toll Gate shooting occurred on October 20, 2020, when soldiers opened fire on End SARS protesters who were calling for an end to police brutality.

The authorities have maintained that no one was killed but those who were at the toll gate insist people died and many were injured.

To mark the second anniversary of the shooting, civilians gathered at the toll gate for a memorial procession.

Shortly after they gathered, police fired tear gas to disperse them.

A video from the scene shows protesters scampering for safety.

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