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Court awards man N10 million after he was illegally detained by the DSS over Buhari’s daughter

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A federal high court in Asaba has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to pay N10 million to Anthony Okolie, the man arrested for using the previous phone line of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter.

Okolie, who was arrested in July 2019 in Asaba, and upon his release, he sued the DSS, MTN and Hanan Buhari, demanding compensation of N500 million for the violation of his rights having been in detention for 10 weeks.

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

“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 reads.

In its defence, the DSS claimed the plaintiff was detained for 10 weeks because his offence threatened national security.

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