For illegally detaining a trader, Anthony Okolie, for 10 weeks without prosecution, the Department of State Services (DSS) has been asked to pay a N10 million as damages to him.
A Federal High Court sitting Asaba, Delta State, handed down the verdict on Thursday.
Okolie, had sued the DSS, MTN and President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan, over his 10-week detention for purchasing a SIM card previously owned by Hanan.
In his judgment, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, however, struck out the plaintiff’s request asking the President’s daughter, and telecoms company to pay him N500 million damages.
He had in the suit filed on his behalf by human rights lawyer, Mr Tope Akinyode, sued all parties for N500 million jointly and separately as general and aggravated damages for the gross and unlawful violation of his right to acquire moveable properties, freedom of movement and self-dignity.
￼PerSecondNews recalls that the 33-year-old Okolie was arrested on July 19, 2019 in Asaba, for using a telephone line that was previously owned by Hanan.According to him, he was in custody in handcuffs till September 22, 2019 as the DSS waited for Hanan, who was schooling in the United Kingdom, to come and clear him but she never did.
￼He also attached the receipt for purchasing the SIM card and the SIM certificate to the affidavit.