The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has hinted that the federal government might consider filing a fresh action against the Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho
This follows the Oyo State High Court judgement which awarded N20 billion in damages in favour of Sunday Igboho.
According to Malami, the Federal Government’s position on the judgment is about law and jurisdiction, noting that as far as the matter is concerned, issues bothering on which court has the jurisdiction to determine it, obedience to court orders and court judgements will all be taken into consideration.
He explained that even within the context of such obedience there are associated rights and interests that are vested in the Federal Government inclusive of rights of appealing against a judgment, right to file an application for setting aside the purported judgment and order; and the possibility of filing a fresh action, if the jurisdiction of the court that was alleged to have handed the judgment is an issue.
The AGF stated that currently his office is looking at the law as it exists and then working within the context of the law in ensuring that justice is done as far as the contending issues between the parties are concerned.
In a related development, Maxwell Adeleye, spokesperson of the Ilana Omo Oodua, which is an umbrella body of the Yoruba self-determination group, in a statement titled “N20 billion Fine against DSS: Verdict symbolises triumph of light, truth over Gladiators of Illegalities” has urged the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, and the Department of State Security, DSS, respectively to pay the N20 billion damages to Sunday Igboho in the interest of peace.
The group further thanked the Nigerian Judiciary for re-affirming that self-determination is one of the fundamental human rights of the citizens; a right that cannot be subjugated.
According to the group, the verdict symbolises the triumph of light and truth over darkness and Igboho represents the light and truth, while the Nigerian State stand for the illegalities.
The position of the group, according to the spokesperson, is that the Nigerian Government should honourably respect the verdict of a court of competent jurisdiction, while the DSS must pay the N20 billion damages ordered by the court with immediate effect in the interest of peace.