SIM Card: Okolie Drags Buhari's Daughter & DSS To Court, Demands N500 Million
A trader, Anthony Okolie, who was arrested by the Department of State Services and detained for 10 weeks, has sued the DSS for N500m. Okolie, in a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, by his lawyer, Tope Akinyode, also demanded N500m from Hanan Buhari, the daughter of the President, Major General Muhammadu
The applicant stated that he explained to the DSS how he bought the SIM card but he was informed that the phone line, which was linked to his SIM card, was once used by Hanan. They thereafter labelled me a criminal for using a phone line that previously belonged to the 2nd respondent,” he said. Okolie alleged that because of the personality involved, his case file was tagged, ‘First Family’ and he was denied access to his lawyers. The trader claimed that his mother, who was not allowed to see him, developed high blood pressure while he lost a N5m business deal. He added, “They also disclosed to me that the President wants to see me and my case was boldly earmarked, First Family. Based on the foregoing, officers of the 1st respondent (DSS) maintained that the 2nd respondent (Hanan) must be available to clarify her allegations against me before I was allowed freedom from their facilities. That the 2nd respondent (Hanan) was contacted several times by officers of the 1st respondent (DSS) but the 2nd respondent (Hanan) declined making herself available by claiming that she was busy with studies in the United Kingdom. Okolie asked the court to declare that his long detention was an abuse of his fundamental human rights. He asked the court to declare that the actions of the DSS contravened sections 35 and 34 of the 1999 Constitution.