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Court Orders DSS To Pay N10M To Man Arrested For Using Hanan Buhari’s Sim Card

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Zainab Sanni

A Federal High Court in Asaba has ordered the Department of state Service, DSS, to pay the sum of ten million naira, (N10M) to Anthony Okolie, the man it detained for 10 weeks for using a MTN sim card previously used by Hanan Buhari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter.

The Lawyer representing Okolie, Tope Akinloye announced this on his official Twitter handle on Thursday.

He wrote: “I’ve been able to persuade the Federal High Court to award N10 Million Naira Sum Agaisnt DSS For the 10 Weeks Detention of Anthony Okolie over an MTN SIM Card once used by the daughter of President Buhari, Hanan.”

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Okolie had in July 2019, sued DSS, MTN and Hanan Buhari over what he described as ‘Right Violation’ and demanded the sum of N500 million as compensation for damages.

In his defense Okolie through his lawyer Tope Akinloye said he purchased the SIM card for N1,000 at a market in Asaba.

His words, “On December 8, 2019, at Ogbeogonogo market, Nebu road, Asaba, Delta state, I purchased a SIM card with phone number, 09035666662, for the sum of N1,000 only and I received a SIM pack with accompanying documents as a result as evidence of purchase receipt,” the affidavit read in part.

The DSS had said that Okolie was detained because his offence threatened national security.

But in its judgment, the Judge ordered DSS to pay him N10m.

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