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Court Orders DSS To Pay N20bn Damages To Igboho For Raiding His House

Following the detention of Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Igboho, it has been reported that Justice Ladiran Akintola of Oyo State High Court has declared the raid conducted by the Department of State Service on the residence of Igboho, in Ibadan as illegal.

According to reports, the court also ordered DSS to pay N20 billion to Igboho as exemplary and aggravated damages.

This is coming after Igboho sued the Federal Government and demanded ₦500 million as special damages for the damage done to his house and his car and another ₦500 billion as exemplary and aggravated damages for breaching his fundamental rights with the malicious invasion of his house as well as an order directing the Federal Government and the other respondents to tender a public apology in two national dailies.

This was disclosed by one of his lawyers, Pelumi Olajengbesi, adding that the judgement would build the confidence of Nigerians in the judiciary.

Olajengbesi stated that,  “This is succour and an assurance that Nigerians can return to court to seek justice.

With this judgement, the system has built confidence.”

He added that, “This is also a strong warning to DSS that they are not bigger than the law. “It is a signal that it is not good to take laws into their hands and jeopardise the interest of citizens.’

He made it known that, “Igboho will also be glad about this. It is a confidence-building judgement for us.”

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