Court orders DSS to pay Igboho N20bn for unlawful invasion

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An Oyo state high court has directed the Department of State Services (DSS) to pay N20 billion to Sunday Adeyemo better known as Sunday Igboho for unlawfully invading his Ibadan residence on July 1.

Ladiran Akintola, the judge, on Friday, awarded the sum as exemplary and aggravated damages against the secret service in the fundamental human rights suit filed by Igboho.Igboho had sued the AGF, the DSS, and the director of the DSS in Oyo state, demanding N5.5 billion in damages over the raid on his Ibadan home.Two persons were said to have been killed, while 12 others were arrested following the raid.

Igboho also sought an order of the court directing the respondents to return all the items seized from his house.He listed the items to include N2 million cash, travel documents, gold jewellery, wristwatches, two mobile phones, and other items yet unknown but which were allegedly carted away by the DSS.Delivering judgment, the court declared the invasion of Igboho’s home as illegal. The court also described the action of the DSS as “arbitrary aggression and prejudices” against Igboho.

The court awarded an additional cost of N2 million against the respondents jointly and in favour of Igboho.

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