The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami SAN, has said the Federal Government would appeal the judgment of an Oyo State High Court which awarded N20 billion in damages against his office and the Department of State Services (DSS).
Malami made the decision of the government to appeal the judgment known while speaking on the development in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Friday.
The Minister disclosed that efforts were already being made to commence the process of appealing the judgment.
The court, sitting in Ibadan awarded N20 billion in damages against the AGF and the DSS over the alleged invasion of the residence of Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho on July 1 this year at the Soka area of the Oyo State capital.
Recall that Igboho’s Counsel, Mr. 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.
But Counsel to the AGF, Mr. 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.
Abubakar also said that there was nothing in the video clip that showed that the house that was invaded belonged to Igboho or linked the AGF with the invasion.
He had urged the court to disregard the exhibits and dismiss the entire suit.
The Counsel to the DSS, Mr. T. A. Nurudeen, agreed with the submission made by the counsel to AGF, insisting that there must be proof from a hematologist to show that the blood seen in the video belonged to a human being.
Nurudeen also tendered a video clip which was admitted by the court, where Igboho allegedly threatened to create the Oduduwa Republic, while urging the Yoruba to protect themselves with charms and guns.
However, in delivering his judgment, Justice Ladiran Akintola, said the style and procedures adopted by the DSS during the incident were unprofessional.
Akintola 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.
He awarded N20 billion as exemplary and aggravated damage in favor of the applicant and N2 million cost also in favor of the applicant for instituting the case.