The Federal Government may file a fresh charge against Yoruba Nation agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho following the judgment of Oyo State High Court which awarded N20 billion in damages in his favour, attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice Abubakar Malami said.
Justice Ladiran Akintola had awarded the money as “an exemplary and aggravated damages” against the AGF and Department of State Services over the invasion of Sunday Igboho’s home in Ibadan on July 1.
However, Malami told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that the position of the Federal Government on the 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 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 judgment is an issue.”
Malami added that the government was “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.”