Updated: Nigerian court orders DSS to pay N20 billion to Sunday Igboho, declares reason

Updated: Nigerian court orders DSS to pay N20 billion to Sunday Igboho, declares reason

  • Self-acclaimed activist popularly known as Sunday Igboho recorded a massive victory against the federal government in court
  • During a hearing presided over by Justice Ladiran Akintola, the Oyo state high court ruled that the DSS pay the sum of N20 billion as damages
  • The court also declared the invasion of the Yoruba activist's home in Soka area of Ibadan by DSS operatives as illegal
  • Meanwhile, the security agency in its reaction said it was yet to be informed about the court judgment

Oyo state - A report by The Nation indicates that the Oyo state high court asked the Department of State Security (DSS) to pay N20 billion to Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho for unlawfully invading his Ibadan residence.

Recall a joint team of Nigeria’s secret police raided Igboho's residence in Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo state back in July.

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The federal government has been ordered to pay the sum of N20billion to Sunday Igboho as damages. Photo credit: Sunday Igboho
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Justice Ladiran Akintola who gave the ruling on Friday, September 17, awarded the sum as damages against the secret police in the suit filed by Igboho, Vanguard added.

The court also declared the invasion of Igboho's residence illegal. The judge berated DSS for acting based on what he described as “arbitrary aggression and prejudices.”

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DSS reacts

In its reaction, the DSS on Friday, September 17, said it was yet to be informed about the court judgment.

Daily Trust reported that the spokesman of DSS, Peter Afunanya, said the court possibly had not informed the secret police.

He said:

"The court possibly has not informed us. So, my official response is that I don’t have any comments.”

Note that this report has been updated to reflect the reaction of the DSS to the court judgement.

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Earlier, the Yoruba Nation agitator stated that he is no longer scared of anyone and doesn't mind being jailed like the arrested leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.

Igboho expressed confidence that if the Benin Republic returns him to Nigeria he would regain his freedom, saying he is not afraid to return home.

In a leaked audio recording, Igboho said that he is ready to return to the country, adding that nothing would happen to him as long as there is God.

Yoruba group gives fresh update on why Sunday Igboho hasn’t been released

Meanwhile, the struggle to get Igboho released from detention is again delayed by the vacation embarked upon by judges in Benin Republic.

The spokesperson for the umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, Maxwell Adeleye, made this revelation on Tuesday, September 7.

Igboho’s lawyers had said the Yoruba Nation agitator was further remanded to allow police carry out a thorough investigation into the charges, which included illegal migration, dubious connivance with immigration officers, and an attempt to cause civil unrest.

Source: Legit.ng

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