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Man Drags Hanan Buhari, DSS To Court, Demands N500 Million

Mr Anthony Okolie was detained by the DSS for ten days.
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Man Drags Hanan Buhari, DSS To Court, Demands N500 Million
Man Drags Hanan Buhari, DSS To Court, Demands N500 Million

President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan Buhari and the Department of States Security Service has been sued by Mr Anthony Okolie, an Asaba-based businessman who was detained for 10 weeks by the DSS for owning a SIM card previously registered in Hanan Buhari’s name

In the suit filed,  Okolie is asking President Buhari’s daughter, the Department of State Services (DSS) and MTN, to pay him N500 million compensation.

Mr Okolie, 33, was arrested on July 19, 2019 in Asaba.

The suit, with number FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020, is seeking an order to “compel the respondents (DSS, Hanan and MTN) jointly or severally to pay the applicant the sum of N500,000,000 only as general and aggravated damages for the gross and unlawful violation of the applicant’s right to acquire moveable properties, freedom of movement and self-dignity.”

Okolie said in the suit that he was detained with handcuffs until September 22, 2019, as the DSS waited for Hanan, who was schooling in the United Kingdom, to come and clear him but she never did.

The trader also attached the receipt he was issued after purchasing the SIM card as well as the SIM certificate.

According to the affidavit, he bought the SIM card on December 8, 2018, with phone number, 09035666662, for the sum of N1,000.

Okolie asked the court to declare that his long detention was an abuse of his fundamental human rights and that the actions of the DSS contravened sections 35 and 34 of the 1999 Constitution.

Adelowo Adegboyega
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