Mr Anthony Okolie, an Asaba-based businessman who was reportedly detained for 10 weeks by the Department of State Services (DSS) for possessing a SIM card previously registered in Hanan Buhari’s name, sued the secret police, President Buhari’s daughter, and MTN for N500 m.
Counting his ordeal, the businessman who was arrested in Asaba on 19 July 2019 reported to have been held in handcuffs until 22 September 2019 by the DSS waiting for Hanan Buhari, who was schooling in the United Kingdom at that time to clear him but never did.
Okolie, who attached to the litigation document the receipt issued after purchasing the SIM card and the SIM certificate, disclosed that he purchased the SIM card for an amount of N1,000 on December 8, 2018, with telephone number 090356666662.
The case FHC / ASB / CS/3/2020 seeks an order to’ compel the respondents (DSS, Hanan and MTN) to pay the claimant jointly or severally the amount of N500,000,000 only as general and aggravated damages for the gross and unconstitutional violation of the applicant’s right to acquire mobile land, freedom of movement and self-worth.’
Okolie, who insisted that his detention violated Articles 35 and 34 of the 1999 Constitution, requested that the court declare it an abuse of his fundamental human rights