A new twist has been added to the legal battle between Nigeria’s Federal Government and foremost Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo.
This is as the federal government considers filing fresh charges against Sunday Igboho following a judgment by the Oyo State High Court ordering the government to pay the activist N20 billion for damages.
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said the government had the right to appeal the judgement or file a fresh charge.
Igboho was awarded the sum by Justice Ladiran Akintola as “an exemplary and aggravated damages” against the AGF and the Department of State Services, over the invasion of Adeyemo’s home in Ibadan on July 1.
Malami said the position of the government was about “law and jurisdiction”
“As far as this matter is concerned, which court is it that has the jurisdiction to determine it? And as you rightly know, obedient to court orders and court judgments,” he said.
“But then you have to understand within the context of such obedience that there are associated rights and interests that are vested in the Federal Government.