Court slams N10m against DSS for illegally detaining man who used Hanan Buhari’s old phone line

Anthony Okolie has finally gotten a court judgement against the Department of State Services (DSS) for illegal arrest and detention.

Okolie was arrested and illegally detained by the DSS for using a phone line previously owned by Hanan, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He was reportedly arrested in July, 2019, in Asaba, Delta state, and spent about 10 weeks in custody before he was released in December.


The man had sued Hanan Buhari and the DSS for N500m 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, he explained how he was arrested and detained while waiting for the president’s daughter to come clear him.

He also attached the receipt and SIM certificate he was issued after purchasing the SIM card.

Okolie asked the court to declare that his long detention was an abuse of his fundamental human rights.

He asked the court to declare that the actions of the DSS contravened sections 35 and 34 of the 1999 Constitution.

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

But the president’s daughter denied the allegation that she asked the DSS to arrest Okolie.

According to SaharaReporters, a Federal High Court in Asaba on Thursday slammed the sum of N10 million against the DSS, for illegally detaining Okolie for 10 weeks.

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