SIM card issue: Trader sues Buhari’s daughter for instigating his detention

729, Hanan Buhari

One Anthony Okolie, who had a run in with the Department of State Services, DSS, and was detained for two and a half months for sharing the same MTN line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan Buhari, has sued her alongside the secret agency and the telecommunication giant.

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Recall that Okolie, a trader based in Asaba, the Delta State capital was arrested by the DSS in July 2019 and whisked away to Abuja on the strength of a complaint lodged by Hanan ostensibly that he bugged her line.

It however, turned out that the MTN resold the line to the 33-year-old following the long disuse of the said line by the President’s daughter who was in the UK studying. The resale on such premise was a constant practice in the telecom industry.

Subsequently, Okolie spent 10 weeks in the DSS detention and was later left off the hook after Hanan shunned invitation by the security agency on the grounds that she was busy with her academics.

The latest twist is that he has filed a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, and is demanding N500m from Hanan, the DSS and MTN.

Okolie also attached the receipt he was issued after purchasing the SIM card as well as the SIM certificate.

To recall, the same Buhari’s daughter was at the centre of the outrage that followed her use of the presidential jet to Bauchi for her school project.



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