Oduduwa Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho has filed a lawsuit against the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the attorney general of the federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami and the Department of State Services (DSS) for refusing to pay the sum of N20.5 billion awarded to him as damages in the suit against the July 1 invasion of his residence by the DSS.
The application is one of two filed by his lead counsel Yomi Alliyu at an Oyo State High Court which awarded him the damages.
After the court’s ruling, the DSS had filed an appeal and an application for stay of execution.
In the DSS’ motion to stay the execution of the damages, it argued in its affidavit that paying the huge sum would plunge Nigeria into further economic woes, adding that it would make the judgment of appeal of little or no effect if paid now.
The DSS also argued that Sunday Igboho is currently a fugitive in Republic of Benin, who would be unable to refund the huge sum if the judgment of the appeal court nullifies the award.
While filing an objection to the stay of execution, Sunday Igboho filed a second application for garnishee nisi against the CBN to pay the N20.5 billion to the applicant out of Federal Government’s purse with the apex regulatory bank.
Alliyu faulted the claim in his objection, saying that Nigeria’s budgets are in trillion naira mark in recent years.
He argued further that neither the appeal nor stay of execution application affects an application for garnishee.
The court granted the garnishee order on Monday and adjourned till January 12, 2022 for the CBN to show why the court should not make the garnishee order absolute.