An Oyo State High Court has ordred the Department of State Services (DSS) to pay N20 billion to Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, over the unlawfully invasion of his Ibadan residence on July 1, 2021.
The presiding judge, Ladiran Akintola, on Friday, awarded the sum as exemplary and aggravated damages against the DSS, in the fundamental human rights suit filed by Igboho.
Igboho had sued the Attorney-General of the Federation, the DSS, and the director of the DSS in Oyo, demanding N5.5 billion in damages over the raid on his Ibadan home.
Two aides of the activist were killed, while 12 others were arrested following the raid.
Igboho also sought an order of the court directing the respondents to return all the items seized from his house.
He listed the items to include N2 million cash, travel documents, jewellery, wristwatches, two mobile phones, and other unknown items allegedly carted away by the DSS.
Delivering judgment, Akintola declared the invasion of Igboho’s home as illegal.
The court also described the action of the DSS as “arbitrary aggression and prejudices” against Igboho.
The court awarded an additional cost of N2 million against the respondents jointly and in favour of Igboho.