Oyo State High Court has ordered the Department of State Service to to pay N20 billion to Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho as exemplary and aggravated damages.
Justice Ladiran Akintola gave this order after declaring the raid conducted by the DSS on the residence of Yoruba nation agitator in Ibadan as illegal.
According to Akintola, DSS’ action was “arbitrary aggression and prejudices” against Igboho.
You would recall that the home of the pro-Yoruba self-determination activist in Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria 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.
Igboho had sued the Federal Government and DSS after the raid 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.
The application was filed by Igboho’s 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.
In the application was filed on July 22 before the Ibadan Division of the Oyo State High Court, Igboho also sought an order of the court directing the respondents to return all the items seized from the house.
The items he listed include, N2 million cash, one thousand Euros, travel documents including international passports belonging to him and his family members, gold jewelry and wristwatches, 2 mobile phones, and other items yet unknown but which were allegedly carted away by the SSS.
Reacting to the judgement, one of Igboho’s lawyers, Pelumi Olajengbesi, said the it would build the confidence of Nigerians in the judiciary.
He said, “This is succour and an assurance that Nigerians can return to court to seek justice. With this judgement, the system has built confidence.
“This is also a strong warning to DSS that they are not bigger than the law. “It is a signal that it is not good to take laws into their hands and jeopardise the interest of citizens.
“Igboho will also be glad about this. It is a confidence-building judgement for us.”