Igboho’s suit: FG to appeal N20b damage awarded against DSS

Sunday Igboho
Sunday Igboho

Nigerian government has stated its readiness to appeal the judgment of an Oyo State High Court which awarded N20 billion damages to Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho.

The Yoruba Nation agitator had sued Directorate of State Security (DSS) following the invasion of his home by the security agency at about 1:30 am on July 1, 2021.

Justice Ladiran Akintola gave the order Friday, September 17, in a suit filed by Igboho who had demanded N500 billion for the damages done to his home.

The court declared the raid illegal and criticized the DSS for “arbitrary aggression and prejudices,” dismissing an application challenging its jurisdiction for hearing the suit.

The Justice said the DSS exhibited an unprofessional conduct during the invasion and also violated Igboho’s human rights. 

Reacting to the ruling, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, said efforts are already being made to commence the process of appealing the judgment.

However, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya who reacted to the judgment told Daily Trust they are yet to be notified about it by the court. 

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

Igboho was arrested in Benin Republic while trying to escape to Germany following the invasion of his residence by the DSS on July 1, 2021.