AN Oyo state high court sitting in Ibadan, on Friday ordered the Federal Government of Nigeria to pay N20billion to Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Igboho.
According to the court, the money is for damages for the invasion of his residence at Soka area of Ibadan.
Presiding Judge, Justice Ladiran Akintola awarded the sum as exemplary and aggravated damages against the secret police in the suit filed by Igboho in which he is seeking N500 billion damages for the invasion.
It has been reported that officers of the Department of State Security Service, DSS on July 1st stormed Igboho’s house to arrest him. A shoot out occurred between the operatives and Igboho’s security men.
DSS operatives killed two of Igboho’s men before proceeding to raid the entire residence. The security agency recovered several arms, bloody charms and various communications devices.
According to the secre police: “Seven AK-47 Assault Rifles, three pump action guns, 30 fully charged AK-47 magazines, 5,000 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, five cutlasses, one jack knife, one pen knife, two pistol holders, one binoculars, a wallet containing $5 and $1 denomination; local and international driver’s licence in his name, ATM cards, a German residence permit bearing his name, 50 cartridges, 18 walkie talkies, three voodoo charm jackets/traditional body armour, two laptops, his international passport and those of many others.”
However, Igboho refuted the accusations, saying that the security operatives who invaded his house did so without a search warrant, whereas he was not invited for questioning or investigation prior to the raid. The operatives “destroyed my properties, killed persons and stole valuables and money,” he said, adding that they planted or harvested the ammunition paraded in his house to frame him, as “I protect myself with traditional powers, not with guns.”
Shortly after, Igboho was declared wanted for illegal fire arms possession and other crimes.