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Oyo High Court Order DSS To Pay Sunday Igboho N20 Billion Over House Invasion



An Oyo State High Court presided over by Justice Ladiran Akintola has ordered the State Security Services [SSS] to pay Sunday Adeyemo [popularly known as Sunday Igboho] the sum of N20 billion.

The sum are for the enormous destruction caused by officers of the SSS during the criminal invasion of the activist’s residence in Ibadan on July 1, 2021, killing two people, destroying properties and illegally arresting 12 of the activist’s followers.

Sunday Igboho had demanded N500 billion for the damages he incurred as a result of the illegal invasion. But delivering his judgement on the matter on Friday, September 17, the judge ordered the Buhari dictatorship and the SSS to pay the activist the sum of 20 billion as damages.

Recall that following the criminal invasion of his residence, Sunday Igboho had approached the Oyo State High Court asking it to declare SSS’s invasion of his residence as illegal and a violation of his fundamental human rights.

Meanwhile, respondents in the suit were: State Security Services [SSS], Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and the Director of SSS in Oyo State.

In a bid to defend itself, the Nigerian Government, through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation challenged the court’s jurisdiction to hear matters related to the activities of the Federal Government. But citing several judicial authorities from both the Supreme and Appeal Courts, Justice Ladiran Akintola held that it had ample jurisdiction to hear the case. The judge then held that the invasion of Sunday Igboho’s residence on July 1, 2021 was a violation of the activist’s fundamental right as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The judge described SSS’s conduct as “arbitrary aggression and prejudice.”

Sunday Igboho is presently detained in Benin Republic since his arrest in the neighbouring West African nation whilst on his way to Germany with his wife, Ropo.

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