Following the ruling of the Oyo State High Court, which granted him N20 billion in damages, the Federal Government may bring a new lawsuit against Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo (also known as Sunday Igboho).
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, told NAN in New York that the Federal Government might file new charges.
The money was given by the judge, Ladiran Akintola, as “exemplary and aggravated damages” against the AGF and the Department of State Services for the July 1 invasion of Adeyemo’s home in Ibadan.
However, Malami stated that the federal government’s position on the judgment was based on “law and jurisdiction.”
“Which court has jurisdiction over this matter? And, as you are well aware, obedient to court orders and judgments,” he added.
“However, you must recognize that there are concomitant rights and interests vested in the Federal Government in the context of such compliance.
“Includes the right to appeal a judgment, as well as the right to bring an application to set aside the alleged judgment and order.
“And, yes, that includes the potential of filing a new case if the jurisdiction of the court that was purported to have handed down that judgment is in question.
“So, we are doing what we need to do in terms of looking at the law as it is and then working within the context of the law to ensure that justice is served in terms of the contending issues between the parties,” the minister explained.
For the “illegal” raid of Igboo’s home in Ibadan on July 1, the court awarded DSS N20 billion.
Following the raid, Igboho filed a lawsuit against the federal government, seeking $500 million in special damages for the damage to his home and automobile, as well as another $500 billion in exemplary and aggravated damages.
Igboho also requested that the court issue an order instructing the respondents to return all of the things confiscated from the premises.
He described the things as N2 million in cash, a thousand Euros, travel documents, including international passports for him and his family members, gold jewelry and wristwatches, two mobile phones, and other unknown stuff that the SSS allegedly carted away.
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