Every Nigerian Has Right To Self-determination: DSS to pay ₦20 billion to Sunday Igboho – Court
An Oyo State High Court in Ibadan, Friday, ordered the Federal Government of Nigeria to pay the sum of ₦20 billion to Chief Sunday Adeyemo also known as Igboho as damages for the invasion of his residence.
The secret police killed two people, arrested 12 others, and seized firearms and ammunition during the invasion in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
Igboho himself escaped arrest during the raid, and was promptly declared wanted by the DSS.
He filed a fundamental human rights suit against the DSS in July, and the court agreed with his motion in a ruling delivered on Friday, September 17.
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Aside from ordering the Nigerian government to pay Igboho a sum of N20 billion as compensation instead of the N500 billion demanded by the petitioner, the court restrained the Nigerian government from harassing, intimidating or arresting the separatist leader.
But citing several judgments 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.
“With the benefit of the hindsight, given the number of guns, arms allegedly recovered from the premises of the applicant on the fateful night, relative to the harms, damage and deaths, plus trauma inflicted on, not only the applicant, his households, guests, and neighborhood, it is very doubtful if it was worth the exercise at all.
“In the absence of any evidence that Nigeria was in a state of war, the style and procedure adopted by the second and third respondents and their agents in this case, is highly condemnable, repressible, crude and most unprofessional. Every Nigerian has right to self-determination as enumerated in authorities earlier stated.
“Unfortunately, this court is not a Father Christmas and cannot award the sum of N500billion as requested by the applicant but the court retrained the respondents from arresting or harassing the applicant. He has right to his free movement as contain in section 35.1 (a)(b) of the 1999 constitution as amended,” the judge had added.
Meanwhile, The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that it is yet to be informed about the court judgment directing the service to pay N20billion to Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.
The spokesman of DSS, Peter Afunanya, who was asked for the service’s reaction to the court order, told Daily Trust that the court possibly had not informed the secret police.
“The court possibly has not informed us. So, my official response is that I don’t have any comments,” he said.