Igboho sues govt for N.5trillion

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Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a. Igboho has sued the federal government over the June 31 raid of his Sooka, Ibadan residence by the DSS.

Igboho filed the suit July 23 at the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, against the DSS and AGF Abubakar Malami.

He is praying the court for an order for the enforcement of his fundamental human right.

Igboho’s suit, according to his lawyers, is pegged on the fundamental human rights (Enforcement Procedure Rules 2009) and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court as preserved by Section 6 of the 1999 Constitution.

In the suit, Igboho, through his lawyer Yomi Aliyu, is seeking orders declaring the invasion as a violation of his fundamental human rights, and the destruction of his property as a violation of his fundamental rights to peacefully own property and wealth.

He wants N500 billion as compensation.

The sum was described as “exemplary and/or aggravated damages for breaching the applicant’s fundamental rights in the course of illegal and/or malicious invasion of his residence.

Igboho is also asking the court for a declaration that it was “oppressive, malicious, arbitrary and grossly unconstitutional for the 2nd & 3rd respondents to invade” his residence.

The plaintiff urged the court to declare that the respondents’ resolve in preventing him from “propagating his belief in association with other like minds in creating a Yoruba Nation and/or Oduduwa Republic for his Indigenous Yoruba People and hunting him with gun with a view to arresting him dead or alive when he has not called for war in achieving same is against his fundamental rights to freedom of thought, conscience and association since campaign for self-determination is recognised by Nigerian Law and international treaties of organisations to which Nigeria belongs.”

He also prayed the court for an injunction restraining the respondents from arresting, harassing or disturbing him in any way that can violate his fundamental human rights.

Igboho is currently detained in Cotonou, Benin Republic, facing immigration law violation trial and may probably be extradited to Nigeria where he is a wanted man.

The DSS said the June invasion of his house became necessary because the service got intel the separatist leader was stockpiling weapons.

Nine guns, charms, travel documents, and gadgets were taken recovered from his in the encounter that saw two of his aides dead and 12 others arrested and detained in Abuja.