Sunday Igboho sues CBN, DSS, AGF for failing to pay N20.5b judgment cost

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Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka ), the embattled Yoruba nation agitator, has sued the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the Department of State Services (DSS) for failing to pay the N20.5 billion awarded to him as cost of damages in the suit against the July 1 invasion of his residence.

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Chief Yomi Alliyu (SAN), his main counsel, has filed one of two applications before an Oyo State High Court, which ordered the secret police to pay him N20.5 billion in aggravated damages and an additional N500 million in costs for invading his Soka, Ibadan residence on July 1.

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During the invasion, two people were slain, and Adeyemo’s valuables were purportedly carried away by DSS operatives.

The invasion was declared unconstitutional by the court, which also stated that Igboho did not break the constitution by pushing for the Yoruba nation. The court also agreed that Igboho was being pursued his pro-Yoruba nation activism, according to Justice Ladiran Akintola’s ruling on September 17.

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Rather than paying the astronomical sum, the DSS filed a stay of execution and an appeal against the ruling.

 

During his opposition to the stay of execution, Igboho filed a second application for garnishee nisi against the CBN, requesting that the top regulatory bank pay the applicant N20.5 billion from the Federal ’s coffers.

Alliyu contended that an application for garnishee is unaffected by an appeal or a stay of execution application.

The court agreed and granted the garnishee order at its Monday session.

The case was rescheduled for CBN to appear on January 12, 2022, to demonstrate why the garnishee order should not be made absolute.

In its application to suspend the damages, the DSS said in its affidavit that paying the massive sum would plunge Nigeria into an even deeper economic abyss, adding that paying it now would render the appeal judgment of little or no impact.

The DSS further claimed that Igboho is currently a fugitive in the Republic of Benin and that if the appellate court’s decision nullifies the judgement, he would be unable to repay the large sum.

In his protest, however, Alliyu refuted the assertion, claiming that Nigeria’s budgets had been in the trillion Naira range in previous years.

He further mentioned that the DSS functions under the Office of the National Security Adviser, which has a budget of N136 billion per year, making it extremely conceivable to pay merely N20.5 billion.

Because the court had certified Igboho free of any constitutional breach in the September 17 judgment, the senior lawyer claimed that DSS’ allegation that he is a fugitive amounted to contempt of court.

On the order of the Nigerian , Igboho is being held in Cotonou, Benin Republic, for extradition.

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