The Federal Government will appeal the judgment which awarded N20 billion in damages against the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Department of State Service (DSS) following the raid on the residence of Sunday Adeyemo, a Yoruba Nation agitator popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, said this in an interview on Friday.
Justice Ladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court gave the judgment in favour of Igboho on Friday, describing the 1 July DSS invasion as “arbitrary aggression and prejudices” against Igboho.
But in an interview, Malami said will the judgment will be appealed.
“Efforts are already being made to commence the process of appealing the judgment,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Malami as saying.
The house of Igboho in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was invaded by DSS operatives on 1 July in an apparent attempt to arrest him.
Igboho, through his lawyer, Yomi Alliyu, subsequently filed a suit to enforce his fundamental human rights, pursuant to Sections 33-46 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and relevant articles of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
He asked the court to order the respondents to jointly pay him the sum ₦500 million as special damages for the damage done to his house and his car and another ₦500 billion as exemplary and aggravated damages for beaching his fundamental rights with the malicious invasion of his house as well as an order directing the Federal Government and the other respondents to tender a public apology in two national dailies.
Apart from the Attorney General of the Federation, the DSS and the Director of DSS, Oyo State Command, were also listed as respondents.