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Court Orders DSS To Pay N10m To Man Detained For Using Hanan Buhari’s Previous Phone Line


A Federal High Court in Asaba has just ordered the Department of State Service (DSS) to pay a sum of N10 million to one Anthony Okolie who was arrested for using the previous phone number of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter. The Federal High court gave this order on Monday.

DSS had arrested Mr. Anthony Okolie in July 2029 in Asaba and was also released after which he sued the DSS, Hanan Buhari and MTN demanding compensation worh N500 million for violating his human rights, after detaining him for 10 weeks.

Mr. Anthony’s lawyer, Tope Akinloye said that he had purchased the SIM card for N1,000 at a market in Asaba and registered it for use just like any other person would on December 8th 2019.

A SIM pack with other accompanying documents which showed evidence that he had bought the SIM were presented in court. Although the DSS still stood that the plaintiff was detained for 10 weeks because they claimed that his offence threatened national security, even though Hanan Buhari had claimed that she didn’t ask the DSS to arrest, Mr. Anthony Okolie.

Mr. Anthony Okolie had also confirmed the court order through his twitter handle.

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