Hanan, daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, has denied that she instructed the Department of State Services (DSS), 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, over the abuse of his fundamental human rights.
However, when the matter came up on February 12, 2020, before Justice Dimgba, Hanan did not oppose Okolie’s claims contained in an affidavit.
Upon an enquiry by the judge, who was said to be surprised that Hanan did not react to the allegations, her lawyer said there was no reason for a reply.
However, the lawyer later filed a counter-affidavit on behalf of his client.
Though Hanan admitted that the MTN SIM card, which caused the dispute, was once used by her, she said she did not order the DSS to unlawfully arrest and detain Okolie for 10 weeks.
Reacting to the development, Okolie insisted that Hanan ordered his arrest.
He said: “I was told by the DSS that it was Hanan Buhari that told them to arrest me.
“My file was named “first family” and they called her three different times to come to substantiate the allegations against me but she did not show up.”
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Tope Akinyode, human rights lawyer and National President of Revolutionary Lawyer’s Forum, who is representing Okolie, said he is confident his client will get justice at the end of the day.