Respite may be long in coming for the the Yoruba Nation founder, Sunday Adeyemo also called Igboho as the Federal Government considers fresh charges against him even as he is held up in a prison in Benin Republic.
An Oyo state High Court had earlier awarded a N20 billion damages in his favour against the federal government and the attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami over the July 1, 2021 invasion of his home in Ibadan which left two people dead.
But speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in New York, Malami, said the federal government has a right to appeal the judgement or file a fresh charge. He said the position of the federal government on the judgment was about “law and jurisdiction”.
“As far as this matter is concerned, which court is it that has the jurisdiction to determine it? And as you rightly know, obedient to court orders and court judgments. But then you have to understand within the context of such obedience that there are associated rights and interests that are vested in the Federal Government.
“Inclusive of rights of appealing against a judgment, inclusive of right to file an application for setting aside the purported judgment and order. And indeed, inclusive of the possibility of filling a fresh action if indeed the jurisdiction of the court that was alleged to have indeed handed that judgment is an issue.
“So, we are doing the needful in terms of looking at the law as it exists and then working within the context of the law in ensuring that justice is done as far as the contending issues between the parties are concerned,’’ the minister explained.
In another vein, the counsel to Mr. Igboho, Yomi Alliyu, SAN, filed a N500 billion fundamental human rights enforcement suit against the AGF, SSS and the Director of the SSS in Oyo State over the invasion of his home in Ibadan on July 1.
He claimed that his client’s house and cars were damaged, while two occupants of the house were killed by SSS operatives during the incident, a claim Mr. Malami has denounced as having no merit.