An Ibadan Division of the Court of Appeal, Oyo State, on Tuesday, nullified the N20 billion damages awarded to Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, against the Department of State Security (DSS).
Justice Muslim Hassan in his ruling also set aside the judgment that declared the attack on Igboho’s house illegal, describing the award for damages against the DSS as outrageous.
Newsbreak.ng reported that an Oyo State High Court in Ibadan had in September 2021 ordered the Federal Government of Nigeria to pay the sum of ₦20 billion to Sunday Igboho as damages for the invasion of his residence.
DSS operatives in July 2021 raided Igboho’s residence in the Soka area of Ibadan Oyo State during the night and killed some of his associates.
DSS spokesman Peter Afunnaya said the raid on Igboho’s residence was based on intelligence that he had stockpiled arms in the place.
“On approach to the residence, the team came under heavy gun attack by nine men, suspected to be Igboho’s guards. Six of them were armed with AK-47 guns and three others, with pump-action rifles,” Afunnaya said in a statement.