Igboho Files N5.5bn Suit Against FG Over House Invasion

Following the arrest of Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Igboho.

Igboho has reportedly asked the Federal High Court in Ibadan to compel the Attorney General of the Federation and the Department of State Services to pay him N5bn in damages over the invasion of his house in the early hours of July 1 by is currently in detention in Benin Republic, and his lawyer, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), has filed the suit on his behalf on Friday.

According to the suit, Igboho stated that, “The DSS operatives stormed his residence at about 1am on July 1 and without announcing who they were or asking the applicant (Igboho) to open his gate, shot their way through, killing two people, including an elderly Imam doing Tahjud (vigil), shooting at cars, thereby destroying them  and not sparing animals, like cats and dogs in total violation of the intendments of the fundamental human rights provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights Act.”

The suit added that, “For two hours, the DSS operatives shot through the ceiling and roof of his house, thereby depriving him the quiet enjoyment of his house for the period of the armed invasion of the said property.”

Igboho reportedly urged the court through his counsel to declare that the AGF and the DSS, through the midnight operation, violated his right and trampled on the nation’s constitution.

According to further reports, Igboho wants the court to order the defendants to return his personal belongings, which they allegedly carted away during the operations.

According to him ,  the items carted away included N2m cash, €1,000, travel documents belonging to him and his family members, gold jewellery and wristwatches, a I-Phone 12 mobile phone, Samsung mobile phone, and other items yet to be ascertained.

Igboho is reportedly urging the court to compel the AGF, the DSS and the DSS DG to also pay him N500m to cover for the damage done to his cars and house and another N5bn as “exemplary and/or aggravated damages for breaching the applicant’s fundamental rights in the course of the illegal and malicious invasion of his residence.”

The suit also disclosed that,  the court should declare that he has “unquestionable and inalienable fundamental right to peacefully campaign and seek for self-determination of Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and lobby the legislature to amend the 1999 Constitution.”

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