On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, the Lagos State Government filed an appeal against a Federal High Court ruling ordering it to pay N5 million in compensation to Adedotun Clement, a 35-year-old Uber driver who was assaulted during the EndSARS memorial. The attack on the Uber driver, which was captured on video and reported by television stations and newspapers, had attracted nationwide condemnation.
In response to the court ruling, human rights lawyer Inibehe Effiong wrote a letter to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu demanding compliance with the judgment. However, the governor refused to act on the demand.
The Notice of Appeal filed by the Lagos State Government and signed by Dr. Babajide Martins, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, stated that there was no evidence that Clement had been tortured.
Clement had been 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 then allegedly tortured and pepper-sprayed by officers of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency and policemen.