…As Ilana Omo Oodua, rejoices
The Department of State Services (DSS), has been ordered to pay N20 billion as damages to Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.
A High Court in Oyo State under Justice Ladiran Akintola in a ruling in the suit filed by Chief Yomi Aliyu, the lawyer of the Yoruba nation agitator, held that the invasion of the Yoruba nation agitator’s home was illegal.
Aliyu had prayed the court to order the DSS pay N500 billion damages for the invasion of Igboho’s Soka residence in Ibadan on 1 July.
Justice Ladiran rebuffed the DSS for acting based on what he described as “arbitrary aggression and prejudices” from Igboho’s agitation for Yoruba nation.
Igboho’s lawyer, Aliyu in a post on Facebook said of the judgment:
“What a good day for democracy and the rule of law! We won N20 billion aggravated damages for our client in CHIEF SUNDAY ADEYEMO A.K.A IGBOHO OOSA v. AGF & ORS !”
In a swift reaction to the judgement the umbrella body of the Yoruba self-determination Group, Ilana Omo Oodua, rejoiced over the Oyo State High Court verdict.
In a statement titled, ‘N20 billion Fine Against DSS: Verdict Symbolises Triumph of Light, Truth Over Gladiators of Illegalities – Ilana Omo Oodua’ by its spokesperson, Maxwell Adeleye, Ilana Oodua commended the judiciary.
The group asked the DSS to pay the N20 billion damages in the interest of peace.
Part of the statement read, “We thank the judiciary for re-affirming that self-determination is one of the fundamental human rights of the citizens that cannot be subjugated.
“Our position is that this verdict symbolises the triumph of light and truth over darkness. Igboho represents the light and truth, while the Nigerian state stands for illegalities.
“Our position now is that the Nigerian Government should be honourable by respecting the verdict of a court of competent jurisdiction. The N20billion damages ordered by the court to be paid to Igboho by the DSS must be paid with immediate effect in the interest of peace.”