Court award N10m against DSS for detaining man over Buhari’s daughter’s ex-phone line


Anthony Okolie, the 33-year old, who dragged the Department of State Services, DSS, to court, for detaining him over a SIM card rancour with President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan, has been awarded N10m in damage against the secret agency.

A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, handed down the judgment on Thursday in favour of Okolie but absolved Hanan of any complicity in the detention of the Delta-based trader.

Okolie had sued both and MTN for unlawful detention and sought N500m compensation jointly and severally.

Recall that the claimant was detained for 10 weeks by the DSS on account of a MTN SIM card he acquired which previously was that of Hanan.

MTN as the wont in the telecom industry revoked the line from the President’s daughter due to long unused and sold it to Okolie through its agent.

The issue however came to a head after Hanan, who was then schooling in the UK lodged complaint with the DSS following which he was arrested and kept in custody for two months and two weeks with no charge pressed against him.


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