A N20 billion settlement awarded to Yoruba self-determination activist, Sunday Adeyemo, by an Oyo State High Court over the violent invasion of his Ibadan residence by operatives of the Department of State Services has been set aside by a court of appeal.
Ruling on the appeal filed by the Attorney General of the Federation, State Security Service and Director, State Security Service in Oyo State, Justice Muslim Hassan held that Justice Ladiran Akintola, who delivered the judgement on September 17, 2021, acted on the wrong principles of law in awarding the cost to Igboho.
He said that Justice Akintola can’t assess damages claimed by Igboho using his own conceived parameters.
Justice Hassan who also set aside the earlier judgment which declared the attack on the house of Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo as illegal, nullified the N20 billion exemplary and aggravated damages awarded against the Department of State Security (DSS) for the attack, describing it as outrageous.
Hassan held that the Oyo High Court ignored the merit of the case while assuming jurisdiction, adding that the judge should not have awarded damages based on his personal parameters.