- “But then you have to understand within the context of such obedience that there are associated rights and interests that are vested in the Federal Government.”
EKOHOTBLOG reports that the Federal Government (FG) may file fresh charges against Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, following the judgment of Oyo State High Court which awarded N20 billion damages in favour of the Yoruba secessionist leader.
The latest development was disclosed by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in New York.
It would be recalled that the Oyo State High Court ordered the Department of State Security (DSS) to pay N20 billion to Sunday Igboho for unlawfully invading his residence in the Soka area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on July 1, 2021.
Justice Ladiran Akintola of Oyo High Court, who gave the order last Friday, awarded the sum as exemplary and aggravated damages against the DSS in the suit filed by Sunday Igboho in which he is seeking N500 billion damages for the invasion of his house.
Justice Akintola also declared the invasion by the DSS as illegal and tongue-lashed the secret police for acting based on what he described as “arbitrary aggression and prejudices” from his agitation for the Yoruba Nation.
However, Malami, while speaking on the judgment of the Oyo High Court, said the position of the FG on the ruling was about “law and jurisdiction”.
He said, “As far as this matter is concerned, which court is it that has the jurisdiction to determine it? And as you rightly know, obedient to court orders and court judgments.
“But then you have to understand within the context of such obedience that there are associated rights and interests that are vested in the Federal Government.
“Inclusive of rights of appealing against a judgment, inclusive of the right to file an application for setting aside the purported judgment and order.
“And indeed, inclusive of the possibility of filling a fresh action if indeed the jurisdiction of the court that was alleged to have indeed handed that judgment is an issue.
“So, we are doing the needful in terms of looking at the law as it exists and then working within the context of the law in ensuring that justice is done as far as the contending issues between the parties are concerned,’’ the AGF stated.
EKOHOTBLOG recalls that Igboho had filed a motion seeking N500 billion damages for invasion of his residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on July 1, 2021.
Igboho, who is currently in detention in the Benin Republic, filed the suit at the court in Ibadan through his counsel, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN).
Igboho is contending that the invasion of his house in the Soka area of Ibadan was malicious and also amounted to a violation of his fundamental human rights.
EKOHOTBLOG further recalls that the DSS had raided Igboho’s Ibadan residence in the Soka area on July 1, 2021, arrested about 12 of his aides, and killed two of them in a gun battle.
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