What FG is doing concerning Sunday Igboho – AGF Malami

The Nigerian government has said it would appeal the N20billion judgment an Oyo State High Court awarded against it in the fundamental rights suit involving Yoruba secessionist Sunday Igboho.


The government also said it might file fresh charges against Igboho, who currently is in detention in the Republic of Benin.


Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s attorney-general and minister of justice, stated the position of the government, according to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)


“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,” said Malami at the UN headquarters in Washington.


He added: “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.

Abubakar Malami, wearing a blue check suit, raises his hands during an interview
Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice
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“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.”


Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Security, had raided Igboho’s house.

The DSS admitted killing two persons and arrested 14 others, whom it detained for some months before a court ordered their release.


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