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JUST IN: Court awards N20bn damages against DSS over Sunday Igboho’s house invasion

By News Desk

A High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital, has ordered the Directorate of State Services (DSS) to pay Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo popularly called Sunday Igboho, N20 billion as damages for illegally raiding his house in the state.

The court said that the security agency’s visit to Sunday Igboho’s house was illegal and that it was a violation of his fundamental human rights as a citizen of the country.

Delivering judgement on the case brought before the court by the Agitator, who had since been under detention in Cotonou, Benin Republic capital, Justice Ladiran Akintola stated that it was unlawful for any government agency to invade a citizen’s home without acquiring any legal order.

Akintola, while faulting DSS actions, awarded N20 billion as compensation to Sunday Igboho and his supporters affected by the action on July 1st, 2021.

The judge stated that the sum as exemplary and an aggravated damages against the secret police in the suit filed by Igboho in which he had seek N500 billion damages for the invasion and killings of two persons.

Akintola also declared the invasion illegal and tongue-lashed the DSS for acting based on what he described as “arbitrary aggression and prejudices” from his agitation for Yoruba Nation.

The activist had dragged the government before court after the invasion of his by DSS at about 1:30 am on July 1, 2021, leading to the arrest of 12 of his aides, while Igboho managed to escape arrest.

In the suit filed by through his lawyer, Yomi Alliyu, the Yoruba Nation agitator sued the Federal Government and demanded that the court award him certain compensation for the murder, unlawful arrest and vandalism of his property.

Igboho asked the court to order the respondents to jointly pay him the sum of ₦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 beaching 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.

He asked that the court should help 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.

It would be recalled that the application was filed on July 22 before the Ibadan Division of the Oyo State High Court.

Apart from the Attorney General of the Federation, the State Security Service, and the Director SSS, Oyo State were also listed as respondents.

Igboho also sought an order of the court directing the respondents to return all the items seized from the house.

He listed the items to 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.

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