Sowore Decries The Arrest Of Man Who Used Hanan Buhari’s Recycled SIM

David Ugbabe

The Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, has decried the detention of one Anthony Okolie by the Department of State Service (DSS).

Mr Anthony was said to have been detained for 10 weeks for buying and using an MTN SIM card previously used and abandoned by Hanan Buhari, the daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, after it was recycled by the telecommunications network provider.

Sowore who made the statement through his twitter account said he met the man during his time in DSS custody.

He described the incident as disturbing, while stating that he is still in possession of the receipt he (Mr Anthony) was given for the purchase of the SIM in question.

Sowore said, “A Nigerian man, Anthony Okolie, was detained for 10 weeks for using an MTN phone line previously used and abandoned by President Buhari’s daughter, Hanan.”

It is revealed that Olawale Bakare aka Mandate, who is Sowore’s co-defendant, said he shared a cell with Okolie.

The Revolution Now convener wrote: “Only if Nigerians know the level of lawlessness perpetraa ted by the DSS in the name of ‘order from above,’ we will understand the danger of having a tyrant who has no iota of respect for human rights or dignity."

He further revealed that: “The level of arrogance and confidence of the DSS to unlawfully detain innocent Nigerians is disgustingly obvious in their manner of operation and approach."

He further explained that “Anthony Okolie who happened to be my cellmate at the DSS facility even got lucky to have spent only 10 weeks for committing no offence according to a Senior Intelligence Officer."

He added that “till now, no one, including Anthony, knows his offence. He was only released after being told that “You’re now forgiven.

“I can also recall a man who spent four years for only receiving a phone call from a suspected Boko Haram terrorist."

He stated that the man's property was sold by his siblings while his wife went ahead to remarry with their two children thinking that he was dead.

Meanwhile, human rights lawyer, Tope Akinyode, who spoke with Sahara Reporters said, “This morning, I had a telephone conversation with Anthony Okolie over the incident. I was able to gather that the SIM card which led to his arrest was once used by Hanan, President Buhari’s daughter, but abandoned over two years ago. He said the SIM card became redundant and was recycled by MTN for sale. Okolie lawfully bought the SIM card after years of redundancy unknown to him who the previous owner was."

He added that Okoli has the receipt for the purchase of the SIM card and all other documents pertaining to it.

In arresting him, the DSS monitored his telephone conversation and initially arrested an elderly person who has a relationship with him until they later found Okolie himself.

Akinyode said he would file a suit against the DSS and Hanan Buhari for human rights abuse.

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