The Nigerian Government are considering filing fresh charges against Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo (also known as Sunday Igboho).
This follows the judgment of Oyo State High Court, which awarded N20 billion in damages in Igboho’s favour.
Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, told NAN in New York that the Federal Government may file fresh charges against the agitator.
Malami said the position of the Federal Government on High Court’s judgment 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.
“Inclusive of rights of appealing against a judgment, inclusive of right to file an application for settingaside the purported judgment and order.
“And indeed, inclusive of the possibility of filling a fresh action if indeed the jurisdiction of the court that was alleged to have indeed handed that judgment is an issue.
“So, we are doing the needful in terms of 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,” the minister was quoted as saying.
The court had awarded N20 billion against DSS for the “illegal” invasion of Igboo’s home in Ibadan on July 1.