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Court Asks DSS To Pay N10m For Illegally Detaining Man Who Purchased SIM Card Previously Used By President Buhari’s Daughter

Valentine Chinyem

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Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, on Thursday asked the Department of State Security Services to pay the sum of N10m for illegally detaining Anthony Okolie for 10 weeks for lawfully purchasing and using a SIM card previously owned by President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan.

Telecoms company, MTN, had recycled the mobile telephone number for sale after it became dormant for a long time, before Okolie bought it.

Okolie still has receipt he was given for the purchase of the SIM in question.

Hanan later denied ordering the arrest of Okolie, forcing the DSS to leave the blame at the doorstep of the Presidency.

To seek justice, Okolie, through his lawyer, Tope Akinyode, dragged Hanan, MTN and DSS before the Federal High Court in Asaba.

After the court delivered its judgment on Thursday, Akinyode in a Twitter post said, “I’ve been able to persuade the Federal High Court to award N10m against SSS for the 10 weeks detention of Anthony Okolie over an MTN SIM card once used by the daughter of President Buhari, Hanan.”