The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that it is yet to be informed about the court judgment directing the service to pay N20billion to Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho.

The spokesman of DSS, Peter Afunanya, who was asked for the service’s reaction to the court order, told Daily Trust that the court possibly had not informed the secret police.

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“The court possibly has not informed us. So, my official response is that I don’t have any comments,” he said.

An Oyo State High Court on Friday granted a relief sought by the Yoruba Nation activist, Igboho, and ordered the Nigerian government to pay him N20billion.

The court also dismissed an application filed by the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, challenging its jurisdiction to hear allegations against the Nigerian government agencies.

The court was expected to deliver judgment or ruling on the N500billion fundamental human rights case instituted by the Yoruba Nation activist against the Nigerian government and the DSS.

Igboho through his lawyer, Yomi Alliyu, filed a suit challenging the invasion of his house in Ibadan on July 1 by operatives of the DSS, also known as the State Security Service (SSS) or secret police.

Igboho, among others, sought an order of the court to declare the invasion of his residence by DSS operatives as illegal and an infringement on his fundamental human rights.

The three respondents are; the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), as the first respondent, the DSS as the second respondent and the DSS Director in Oyo State as the third respondent.

Counsel for the AGF, Abubakar Abdullahi had filed an application challenging the ability of a state High Court to hear the activities of Nigerian government agencies.

But citing several judgments by the Supreme and Appeal courts in respect of the ability of the state high court to hear such cases, Justice Ladiran Akintola said the invasion of the house of the applicant violated his fundamental human rights as stipulated in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.

"Unfortunately, this court is not a Father Christmas and cannot award the sum of N500billion as requested by the applicant but the court retrained the respondents from arresting or harassing the applicant. He has right to his free movement as contain in section 35.1 (a)(b) of the 1999 constitution as amended," the judge had added.


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