Problem For Nigeria Government As Court Awards N20bn Damages To Igboho Against DSS

Mijovia News, Sep 17th, 2021




Justice Ladiran Akintola of Oyo State High Court has declared the raid conducted by the Department of State Service on the residence of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, in Ibadan as illegal.


The court also ordered DSS to pay N20 billion to Igboho as exemplary and aggravated damages.


Akintola described DSS’ action as “arbitrary aggression and prejudices” against Igboho.


Recall that the Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, home of the pro-Yoruba self-determination activist was invaded by men from DSS about 1:30 am on July 1, 2021, leading to the arrest of 12 of his aides, while Igboho managed to escape arrest.


Following the raid, Igboho sued the Federal Government and demanded damages.


Igboho asked the court to order the respondents to jointly pay him the sum ₦500 million as special damages for the damage done to his house and his car and another ₦500 billion as exemplary and aggravated damages for breaching his fundamental rights with the malicious invasion of his house as well as an order directing the Federal Government and the other respondents to tender a public apology in two national dailies.


Igboho filed the application, through his lawyer, Yomi Alliyu, to enforce his fundamental human rights, pursuant to Sections 33-46 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and relevant articles of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

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