The Federal Government says it will appeal the judgment which awarded N20 billion in damages against the Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF), and the Department of State Service, (DSS), following the raid on the residence of Sunday Adeyemo, a self-styled Yoruba nation agitator, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
The AGF, Abubakar Malami (SAN), announced the FG’s decision while speaking on the development in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, yesterday.
The suit, bordering on fundamental human rights, was brought by Igboho.
The court, sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, awarded N20 billion in damages against the AGF and the DSS over the alleged invasion of the residence of Igboho on July 1 this year, at the Soka area of the Oyo State capital.
The AGF said that efforts were already being made to commence the process of appealing the judgment.
Recall that Igboho’s Counsel, Yomi Alliyu (SAN), had filed a N500 billion fundamental human rights enforcement suit against the AGF, DSS and Director of the DSS in Oyo State over the incident.
Alliyu also claimed that his client’s house and cars were damaged, while two occupants of the house were killed by security agents during the incident.
However, counsel to the AGF, Abdullah Abubakar, had argued that there was no evidence before the court that the blood seen in the video clip tendered by Alliyu belonged to a human being.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Ladiran Akintola said the style and procedures adopted by the DSS during the incident were unprofessional. He said that the applicant had demonstrated to the court that his fundamental right to personal liberty, right to life and blocking of his account amounted to a violation of his fundamental rights.
The presiding judge awarded N20 billion as exemplary and aggravated damage in favour of the applicant and N2 million cost also in favour of the applicant for instituting the case.