A man identified as Anthony Okolie has reportedly spent about fifteen weeks in the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, for purchasing a sim card that was previously used by Hannan, a daughter of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari.
The embattled man is said to have bought the MTN mobile phone sim card in 2018 before his arrest on Monday, July 22 at Nnedisi Road, Asaba, Delta State.
Okolie was taken to Abuja by the DSS operatives and was kept in custody until his release in December 2019.
Narrating Okolie’s ordeal in an interview with the Guardian, his lawyer Tope Akinyode said “the sim card became redundant and was recycled to the market for sale (after Hanan stopped using it).”
“Okolie lawfully bought the sim card after years of redundancy unknown to him who the previous owner was,” Akinyode claimed.
Akinyode disclosed that Okolie will proceed to court to file a lawsuit against the DSS and Ms Hanan Buhari, demanding compensation for the breach of his fundamental human rights.
“We are seeking legal redress on the matter,” Akinyode told The Guardian. “His (Okolie) detention for 10 weeks is unlawful and we will not accept such,” he said.