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Sim Card: Anthony Okolie Gives DSS 24 Hours To Pay ₦10 Million Damages
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Sim Card: Anthony Okolie Gives DSS 24 Hours To Pay ₦10 Million Damages

Delta- based trader, Anthony Okolie, has written a letter to the Department of State Services demanding the payment of N10 million to him as ordered by a Federal High Court in Asaba last week . Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had last week ordered the DSS to pay Okolie N 10m for illegally detaining him for 10 weeks after purchasing a SIM card previously owned by the President’s daughter , Hanan Buhari. In a letter addressed to the Director - General of the DSS , Yusuf Bichi , the trader said a cheque of N 10 million must be issued to him within 24 hours. The letter, dated May 21, 2020, was signed by Okolie’ s lawyer, Tope Akinyode. In a copy of the letter sighted by MCI, one Mafala acknowledged and received it on behalf of the DSS . The letter read in part, “ We have been instructed by our ...
SIM Card: Court Awards N10M Against DSS, Absolves Buhari’s Daughter
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SIM Card: Court Awards N10M Against DSS, Absolves Buhari’s Daughter

A Federal High Court in Asaba has awarded N10m in damages against the Department of State Services for illegally detaining a trader, Anthony Okolie, for 10 weeks without charge. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, however, struck out the prayer requesting the President’s daughter, Hanan Buhari, and telecoms company, MTN, to pay N500m.Dimgba delivered his judgement on Thursday. Okolie, had sued the President’s daughter as well as the DSS and MTN over his 10-week detention after purchasing a SIM card previously owned by Hanan. In a suit filed on his behalf by human rights lawyer, Tope Akinyode, the applicant sued all parties for N500m jointly and separately. The suit, with number FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020, sought an order to “compel the respondents (DSS, Hanan and MTN) jointly or severally to pay the...
An Open Letter To MTN With Regards To Their Recycling Of Numbers
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An Open Letter To MTN With Regards To Their Recycling Of Numbers

Dear MTN.. I am going to be very brief on this, but I would make my points very clear. You people had been doing “recycling of numbers” of innocent Nigerians who had not used their lines for up to one year or more, and the only remedy you guys put in place was to introduce a service known as “Keep My Line”, which you guys did not even sensitize the citizens on or make popular enough, and as a result, lots of the helpless Nigerian citizens did not even know about this service. This had cause a lot of people to loose their precious numbers just like that, only because they had the opportunity of travelling abroad for some jobs or for studies, or maybe for one serious reason or another had a good cause to temporarily abandon their main lines for more than one year.. MTN, you gu...
Presidency Ordered Probe Of Anthony Okolie Using Hanan Buhari’s Old Line – DSS
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Presidency Ordered Probe Of Anthony Okolie Using Hanan Buhari’s Old Line – DSS

The Department of State Services has said the Presidency ordered the investigation of a trader, Anthony Okolie, who was using a telephone line previously owned by the President’s daughter, Hanan Buhari. The DSS said this in a counter-affidavit in response to the originating motion filed by Okolie. The DSS position seems to be at variance with that of Hanan who had said in her own counter-affidavit that she never reported any case to the agency. Okolie, who was detained for 10 weeks by the DSS, dragged the DSS and the President’s daughter as well as MTN Nigeria before a Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State. The applicant is seeking N500m in damages for his ordeal. In a counter-affidavit deposed to by one S.M Kayode on behalf of the DSS, the agency said it had the righ...
Hanan Buhari Denies Ordering DSS To Arrest, Detain Okolie Over SIM
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Hanan Buhari Denies Ordering DSS To Arrest, Detain Okolie Over SIM

Okolie dragged Hanan, MTN and DSS before a Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, over the enforcement of his fundamental human rights Hanan, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that she did not instruct the Department of State Services to arrest Anthony Okolie, a businessman based in Delta State, who was unlawfully detained for 10 weeks for using an MTN SIM card previously used by her. Okolie dragged Hanan, MTN and DSS before a Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, over the enforcement of his fundamental human rights. On February 12, 2020 when the matter was heard before Justice Dimgba, Hanan did not oppose Okolie's claims contained in an affidavit. Upon an enquiry by the judge, who was visibly surprised that Hanan did not react to the allegations, her ...
President Buhari’s Daughter, Hanan, Making Efforts To Evade Being Served Court Process
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President Buhari’s Daughter, Hanan, Making Efforts To Evade Being Served Court Process

President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan, is making frantic efforts to avoid being personally served court processes, SaharaReporters has learnt. Hanan is a defendant in suit number FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020 at the Federal High Court, Asaba, in which the Department of State Services and mobile telecommunication company MTN are co-defendants. The defendants are being sued by a young businessman, Anthony Okolie, who was illegally arrested and detained for 10 weeks at the DSS facility for lawfully purchasing an MTN SIM card, which was recycled and sold after being abandoned for two years by Hanan. The story has since generated public backlash with a more recent development of Aso Villa officials barring court bailiff from personally serving Hanan court processes. The Presidency throu...
DSS: Fear Of Buying Re-allocated SIM Grips Mobile Subscribers
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DSS: Fear Of Buying Re-allocated SIM Grips Mobile Subscribers

Mobile subscribers in the country are now wary of acquiring new Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards as the possibility of such being a re-allocated number are high. This follows the recent ordeal of one Anthony Okolie, who spent 10 weeks with the Department of State Services (DSS) for purchasing a SIM previously used by one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughters, Hanan. Some mobile subscribers, who spoke with our correspondent following the development, expressed fear that anybody could fall victim of such situation as SIM re-allocation is a common practice by mobile network operators. Aside what could happen in a situation like that of Okolie, they fear that a new SIM, which might be a re-allocated one, might have been used earlier by a criminal who is wanted by securit...
SIM Card: Anthony Okolie drags Hanan Buhari, DSS to court, Demands N500m
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SIM Card: Anthony Okolie drags Hanan Buhari, DSS to court, Demands N500m

A trader, Anthony Okolie, who was arrested by the Department of State Services and detained for 10 weeks, has sued the DSS for N500m. Okolie, in a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, by his lawyer, Tope Akinyode, also demanded N500m from Hanan Buhari, the daughter of the President, Major General Muhammadu (retd.), as well as a telecommunications company, MTN. The suit, with number FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020, is seeking an order to “compel the respondents (DSS, Hanan and MTN) jointly or severally to pay the applicant the sum of N500,000,000 only as general and aggravated damages for the gross and unlawful violation of the applicant’s right to acquire moveable properties, freedom of movement and self dignity.” The 33-year-old man said in a supporting affidavit...
Why Man Was Arrested By DSS For Using Buhari’s Daughter’s Line
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Why Man Was Arrested By DSS For Using Buhari’s Daughter’s Line

A man, Anthony Okolie, who was recently released from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) was allegedly using a phone number that belonged to President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan, to defraud unsuspecting persons, a reliable security source disclosed to The Nation at the weekend. A reliable source revealed to that the number belonged to Hanan, but after not using it for a while, the number got dormant was reassigned as is the usual practice with mobile service providers. The source revealed that Okolie, who eventually got the line on realising who the previous owner is, due the the calls he was receiving, decided to use it to make money for himself. It was learnt he used female accomplices to pretend to be the president’s daughter and extort money from...
Hanan Buhari’s Sim Card Made DSS Detain Me For 10 Weeks – Anthony Okolie
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Hanan Buhari’s Sim Card Made DSS Detain Me For 10 Weeks – Anthony Okolie

In this interview with ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, businessman, Anthony Okolie, speaks on his 10-week ordeal in the custody of the Department of State Services after purchasing a Sim card that was once used by Hanan, the daughter of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) There are online reports about your ordeal in the custody of the Department of State Services. Can you narrate in detail what happened? In December 2018, I bought a SIM card, I registered and started using it. I did not buy it from a third party. I bought the SIM pack from the roadside and I was issued a receipt. I registered the SIM and my biometric data was captured. So why were you arrested? I am based in Asaba, Delta State. I had a business meeting with somebody and we were supposed to go to Onitsha, A...
DSS Detains Man For Using Sim Card Previously Used By Buhari’s Daughter
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DSS Detains Man For Using Sim Card Previously Used By Buhari’s Daughter

Operatives of Nigeria’s Department of State Service allegedly arrested and detained a man Anthony Okolie for purchasing a sim card that was previously used by Hannan, a daughter of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari. Okolie told The Guardian on Monday that he bought the MTN mobile phone sim card in 2018, two years before his arrest. He was arrested 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. Efforts to get DSS reaction to the allegation proved abortive as phone calls and a text message to its spokesman Peter Afunanya were not immediately responded to. Narrating Okolie’s ordeal, his lawyer Tope Akinyode said Okolie was detained for over 15 weeks by opera...