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Yoruba Nation: 'Sunday Igboho to face fresh charges in Nigeria' - AGF

Malami & Igboho

The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), has revealed that the Nigerian government is considering initiating fresh charges against Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo (also known as Sunday Igboho), sequel to the decision of an Oyo State High Court which awarded N20 billion in damages in his favour.

Malami (SAN) made this known in New York whilst fielding questions from the media.

It would be recalled that the Oyo State High Court, presided over by Justice 

Ladiran Akintola had awarded the sum as, “Exemplary and aggravated damages”, against the AGF and the Department of State Services, DSS, over the invasion of Igboho’s home in Ibadan on July 1.

But Malami insisted that the position of the Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN, on the judgment was about “law and jurisdiction”.

According to the Minister, "As far as this matter is concerned, which court is it that has the jurisdiction to determine it? And as you rightly know, obedient to court orders and court judgments.”

“But then you have to understand within the context of such obedience that there are associated rights and interests that are vested in the Federal Government.

“Inclusive of rights of appealing against a judgment, inclusive of the right to file an application for setting aside the purported judgment and order.

“And indeed, inclusive of the possibility of filling a fresh action if indeed the jurisdiction of the court that was alleged to have indeed handed that judgment is an issue.

“So, we are doing the needful in terms of looking at the law as it exists and then working within the context of the law in ensuring that justice is done as far as the contending issues between the parties are concerned.”

Justice Ladiran Akintola had awarded N20bn against the DSS for the “illegal” invasion of Igboo’s home in Ibadan on July 1.

The invasion had equally led to the arrest of 12 Igboho’s aides, while Igboho managed to escape arrest.

As a result of the raid, the Yoruba Nation agitator had then dragged the FGN to court and made a demand of ₦500 million as special damages for the damage done to his house and his car and another N500 billion as exemplary and aggravated damages.

Igboho had also prayed for an order directing the respondents to return all the items seized from the house.

He listed the items to include, N2 million cash, one thousand Euros, travel documents including international passports belonging to him and his family members, gold jewellery and wristwatches, two mobile phones, and other items yet unknown but which were allegedly carted away by the SSS

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