IBADAN – Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, a Yoruba Nation agitator who is currently on trial in the Republic of Benin, has filed a N500 billion suit against the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), for the invasion of his Ibadan residence on July 1, 2021.
This was contained in an application filed on his behalf by his lawyers at the Oyo State High Court on Friday for an order enforcing his fundamental human rights.
According to his lawyers, the suit was brought pursuant to Order 11 of the 2009 fundamental human rights enforcement procedure rules and under the court’s inherent jurisdiction as preserved by Section 6 of the 1999 Constitution.
It will be recalled that between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on July 1, DSS operatives invaded Igboho’s residence in Ibadan’s Soka neighborhood, arrested 12 people, and killed two others in a gun duel.
The DSS paraded the suspects and ammunition purportedly recovered from Igboho’s residence.
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However, the embattled Yoruba Nation activist denied keeping ammunition in his home, claiming that the secret police were attempting to entrap him.
Igboho is seeking in the suit, through his lawyer, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), orders declaring the invasion a violation of his fundamental human rights, property damage as a violation of his fundamental right to peacefully own property and wealth, and N500 billion in damages, among other things.
The amount was described as “exemplary and/or aggravated damages for violating the applicant’s fundamental rights in the course of an illegal and/or malicious invasion of his residence located, lying, and being at Igboho Villa. No.1, Dalag Street, Off Soka Bus Stop, Soka Area, Off Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan.”
Igboho also seeks a declaration from the court that it was “oppressive, malicious, arbitrary, and grossly unconstitutional for the 2nd and 3rd respondents to invade the applicant’s residence located, lying, and being at Igboho Villa, 1, Dalag Street, Off Soka Bus Stop, Soka Area, Off Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan without announcing their identities and requesting the applicant to open his gate but
Additionally, it urged the court to declare that “the respondents’ determination to prevent the applicant from propagating his belief in association with other like-minded individuals in creating a Yoruba Nation and/or Oduduwa Republic for his Indigenous Yoruba people and hunting him down with a gun with the intent of arresting him dead or alive when he has not called for war to accomplish the same is a violation of his fundamental rights.”
He sought an injunction prohibiting the respondents from arresting, harassing, or disturbing him in any way that might violate his fundamental human rights.