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Court Orders DSS To Pay Sunday Igboho N20b

An Oyo State High Court on Friday ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to pay N20 billion to the Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho.

Justice Ladiran Akintola gave the order in a suit filed by Igboho, who is currently in detention in the Benin Republic.

The judge also dismissed an application filed by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, challenging its jurisdiction for hearing the suit.

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.

Igboho is currently in a Benin Republic prison awaiting the verdict of the Beninese court.

The court was expected to deliver judgement or ruling on the N500 billion fundamental human rights case instituted by the Yoruba Nation activist against the federal government and the DSS.

Igboho through his lawyer, Yomi Aliyu, had filed a suit challenging the invasion of his residence in Ibadan on July 1 by operatives of the DSS.

Igboho is, among others, seeking an order of the court to declare the invasion of his residence by DSS operatives as illegal and an infringement on his fundamental human rights.

The three respondents are Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), as the first respondent, SSS as the second respondent and Director of SSS in Oyo State as the third respondent.

Counsel for the AGF, Abubakar Abdullahi had filed an application challenging the ability of a state High Court to hear the activities of Nigerian government agencies.

But citing several judgements by the Supreme and Appeal courts in respect of the ability of the state high court to hear such cases, Justice Ladiran Akintola said the invasion of the house of the applicant violated his fundamental human rights as stipulated in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.

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