The Federal Government may file a fresh charges against Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, after he was awarded N20 billion as aggravated damages by the Oyo State High Court.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), disclosed this to News Agency Nigeria in New York, United States.
Justice Ladiran Akintola of Oyo State High Court had on September 17, awarded N20 billion as “an exemplary and aggravated damages” against the and Malami and the Department of State Services (DSS), over the invasion of Igboho’s residence on July 1.
But Malami said the position of the Federal Government onnthe judgement 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 judgements.
“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 judgement, inclusive of right to file an application for setting aside 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 judgement 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 said.