The raid on Yoruba Nation Agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called “Sunday Igboho,” in Ibadan carried out by the Department of State Service, was deemed unconstitutional under Judge Ladiran Akintola of Iyo State High Court.
The Court also ordered DSS to pay the exemplary and aggravated loss of N20 billion to Igboho.
Akintola termed the conduct of DSS against Igboho as “arbitrary attack and prejudices.”
The PUNCH claimed that at about 1:30am, on 1July 2021 at approximately 12 of its assistants were arrested and Igboho succeeded in escaping detention, in the country of Soka, Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria, home of the pro-Yoruba self-determination activist.
In addition Igboho asked the court to order the respondents to pay the sum N500 million in compensation for the damages done to his house and his car as a result of the malicious invasion of his house and to provide the Federal Government and other respondents with public apologetics for their exemplary and worsened damages.
The Director of DSS in Oyo State were also mentioned as respondents apart from the Federal Attorney-General, the State Service of the Security Service and the SSS Director.
Igboho requested the court order to send back all goods confiscated from the premises.
He mentioned goods including N2 million in cash, 1000 euros, travel documents including his family’s international passports, gold and bracelets, 2 mobile telephones, and other unknown stuff which were purportedly hauled away by the SSS.
In response, Pelumi Olajengbesi, one of his lawyers, said the judgment will increase Nigerians’ faith in the judiciary.
“This is a relief and a guarantee that Nigerians may come back to court to seek justice.
“This also warns DSS that they are no larger than the law.”
It is an indication that taking laws into one’s hands is not appropriate and that the interests of citizens are threatened.