Yoruba Nation Agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has dragged the Department of State Security Services, DSS, Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, to the Oyo State High Court, over the raid of his residence, Page 36 learnt.
Igboho in the suit is seeking for N500 billion in damages, and he is praying the court for an order for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.
His suit according to his Lawyers, is derived from 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.
During the security raid of the Plaintiff’s residence, 2 of his Aides were reportedly shot dead, while 14 others were arrested. The DSS also paraded some suspects and ammunition which they allegedly recovered from the house.
However, Igboho who is currently standing trial in Cotonou, Benin Republic, denied that he kept ammunition in his house, saying that the DSS must have come with the said ammunition they claimed they recovered from his premises.
In the suit, Igboho through his Lawyer, Chief Yomi Aliu, SAN, is seeking for orders declaring the invasion as a violation of his fundamental human rights, and destruction of his properties, as a violation of his fundamental right to peacefully own property and wealth.
He wants N500 billion as compensation, and 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 situate, lying and being at Igboho Villa. No.1, Dalag Street, Off Soka Bus Stop, Soka Area, Off Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan”.
Igboho is also asking the court for a declaration that it was “oppressive, malicious, arbitrary, and grossly unconstitutional for the 2nd and 3rd Respondents to invade” his residence lying and being at Igboho Villa, 1, Dalag Street, Off Soka Bus Stop, Soka Area, Off Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan “without announcing who they were and ask the applicant to open his gate but rather shot their way through killing two people including an elderly Imam doing Tahjud (night 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’ provision in CFRN, 1999 and African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement), Act, LFN 2010 protecting the-dignity of human person, sanctity of human life and privacy of citizens and their homes”.
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 guns, 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 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 had earlier soon after the raid, demanded an apology from the DSS, and the payment of N500 million, as damages for destroying his Ibadan residence during the midnight raid.
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