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Igboho Seeks Court Order Against Bank Account Blocking

Embattled Yoruba nation agitator Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho will on Wednesday seek an order restraining the Federal Government from further blocking his bank accounts.

The request is contained in an order of interim injunction to be moved by his lawyers at an Oyo State High Court.

The injunction will seek an order restraining the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) from further breach of his fundamental human rights pending the determination of the main suit earlier filed.

Igboho had filed an originating motion seeking orders declaring invasion of his Ibadan residence on July 1 illegal, restraining security agencies and their agents from further invasion and N500 billion damages for the invasion.

The suit, the lawyers said, derived from Order 11, Order XI and XIL of the fundamental human rights (enforcement procedure rules 2009, and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court as preserved by section 6 of the 1999 constitution.

DSS personnel had stormed Igboho’s house in Soka area of Ibadan between 1am and 3am on July 1, shooting their way through.

Two persons were killed in the incident while 14 people were arrested.

The DSS has paraded the suspects and ammunition which they allegedly recred from his house.

But the embattled agitator, who is standing trial in Cotonou, Benin Republic, denied he kept ammunition in his house, saying the armed law enforcers must have come with the said ammunition.

In the suit, Igboho, through his lawyer Chief Yomi Aliu (SAN), is seeking orders declaring the invasion as a violation of his fundamental human right, damage of his property as a violation of his fundamental right to peacefully own property and wealth as well as N500 billion damages among others.

The sum was described as “exemplary and/or aggravated damages for breaching the applicant’s fundamental rights in the course of illegal and/or malicious invasion of his residence situate, lying and being at Igboho Villa. No.1, Dalag Street, Off Soka Bus Stop, Soka Area, Off Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan.”

Igboho is also asking the court for a declaration that it was “oppressive, malicious, arbitrary and grossly unconstitutional for the 2nd & 3rd respondents to invade the residence of the Applicant situate, lying and being at Igboho Villa, 1, Dalag Street, Off Soka Bus Stop, Soka Area, Off Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan without announcing who they were and ask the applicant to open his gate but rather shot their way through killing two people including an elderly Imam doing Tahjud (night vigil), shooting at cars thereby destroying them and not sparing animals like cats and dogs in total violation of the intendments of the Fundamental Human Rights’ provision in CFRN, 1999 and African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement), Act, LFN 2010. protecting the-dignity of human person, sanctity of human life and privacy c citizens and their homes.”

It also urged the court to declare that “the respondents’ resolve in preventing the applicant from propagating his belief in association with other like minds in creating a Yoruba Nation and/or Oduduwa Republic for his Indigenous Yoruba People and hunting him with gun with a view to arresting him dead or alive when he has not called for war in achieving same is against his fundamental rights to freedom of thought, conscience and association since campaign for self-determination is recognized by Nigerian Law and international treaties of organisations to which Nigeria belongs.”

He prayed the court for an injunction restraining the respondents from arresting, harassing or disturbing him in any way that can violate his fundamental human rights.


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