Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, has awarded a N10million damages against the Department of State Services (DSS) for illegally detaining a trader, Anthony Okolie, for 10 weeks.
The Trader noted that he was arrested on July 19, 2019 in Asaba, the capital of Delta State and was held in custody bound by handcuffs till September 22, 2019.
Naija Buzz News had few weeks ago reported how the DSS arrested and detained the Igbo trader without charge for using a phone line previously belonging to one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughters, Hanan.
Hanan was studying in the United Kingdom when the incident happened. The DSS arrested Okolie and held him in detention apparently waiting for Hanan to return back to Nigeria.
Okolie had through his lawyer, Tope Akinyode, filed an application (FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020) against the DSS, Hanan and MTN, seeking the court to compel the defendants to pay him N500million in damages.
Justice Dimgba however rejected the request for N500million in damages.
Okolie’s lawyer, Akinyode, asked the judge to determine if Okolie’s rights had been breached and if the DSS had right to detain a private citizen for 10 weeks without charge.
Hanan’s lawyer in her defence asked the judge not to grant the trader’s request against the President’s daughter, saying that she had never met Mr. Okolie before and he should consequently channel his anger against the DSS who arrested and detained him.
President Buhari’s daughter had noted that she was not aware of the case because she never reported any SIM Card issue to the DSS.
However, the DSS through its lawyer, E.E Daubry, noted that the Presidency had directed the order to investigate Okolie, adding that the sensitivity of the case led to Okolie’s unthorized arrest and long detention.
The DSS had accused Okolie of using Hanan’s old SIM card to solicit money from her unsuspecting friends and family members, an allegation the applicant had vehemently denied.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.