Anthony Okolie, who was arrested and detained for 10 weeks by the Department of State Services (DSS), has sued the agency for N500m.
He was said to have been detained for owning a recycled SIM card initially used and abandoned by the president's daughter, Hanan Buhari.
Okolie, who is a trader, has filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, through his lawyer, Tope Akinyode, demanding the sum of N500m from DSS, Hanan Buhari, as well as the issuing telecommunications company, MTN.
According to the suit, with number FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020, he seeks an order to “compel the respondents (DSS, Hanan and MTN) jointly or severally to pay the applicant the sum of N500,000,000 only as general and aggravated damages for the gross and unlawful violation of the applicant’s right to acquire moveable properties, freedom of movement, and self-dignity.”
In a supporting affidavit, Okolie said he was arrested on July 19, 2019, in Asaba, Delta State, for using a telephone line that was previously owned by Hanan.
The 33-year-old revealed he was bound in handcuffs in DSS custody, till September 22, 2019, as the department waited for Hanan, who was schooling in the United Kingdom, to come and clear him but she never did.
The affidavit read in part, “That 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.”
Okolie also attached the receipt he was issued after purchasing the SIM card as well as the SIM certificate.