BY SEYIFUNMI LUMEKO
In a case of fundamental human rights instituted by the popular Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo against the Federal Government and Department of State Security (DSS), Justice Ladiran Akintola of an Oyo State High Court, sitting in Ibadan, the state capital has Friday awarded N20billion aggravated damages to him.
Besides, the court also granted all the 16 reliefs sought by Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, through his counsel, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), and awarded an additional cost of N2million against the respondents jointly and in favour of Igboho.
The three respondents are the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, as the first respondent, as well as SSS as second respondent and Director of SSS in Oyo State as the third respondent.
Igboho had demanded N500billion as reparation for damage to his exotic cars that include Mercedes Benz G-Class and 2019 Lexus Car during the invasion of his residence at Soka, Ibadan, Oyo State in the early hours of Thursday, July 1, 2021, by the Department of State Security (DSS).
He also demanded a public apology for the destruction of Igboho’s property as well as an investigation into the actions of the joint security operatives, led by DSS that raided Chief Sunday Adeyemo’s house, during which two persons were killed by the security agencies.
Counsel to Igboho, Alliyu described the judgment as a victory for democracy in an interview with journalists after the court session, while counsel to Malami, Abdullahi Abubakar, refused to grant interviews to journalists.