Despite facing a migration-related trial in the Republic of Benin, Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, known as Sunday Igboho, has asked the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan to order the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Department of State Services (DSS) to pay him N5.5 billion damages for invading his house on July 1, 2021.
In a suit filed through his counsel, Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), Sunday Igboho recounted how the DSS raided his apartment in Soka, Ibadan in violation of his fundamental human rights.
He added that the DSS stormed his apartment unannounced at exactly 1 a.m. on July 1 without “asking him (the applicant, Igboho) to open his gate, shot their way through, killing two people, including an elderly Imam doing Tahjud (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 provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights Act.”
Igboho, through his counsel, urged the court to declare the operations of the DSS and the AGF as a violation of his right and a contravention of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He also urged the court to compel the DSS to return all his personal belongings taken away during the operation.
The applicant also wants the court to order the AGF and the DSS to pay him N5.5 billion to cover for the damages done on his properties and as “exemplary and/or aggravated damages for breaching the applicant’s fundamental rights in the course of the illegal and malicious invasion of his residence.”
Also contained in the suit, the applicants urged the court to order the defendants to make a public apology in two national newspapers, preferably The Punch and The Nation.
In addition, Igboho wants the court to declare its course for a sovereign Yoruba Nation as an “unquestionable and inalienable fundamental right to peacefully campaign and seek for self-determination of Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and lobby the legislature to amend the 1999 Constitution.”