Anthony Okolie, the Delta State-based trader who was locked up by the Department of State Services (DSS) for 10 weeks for buying and using an old line of Hanan Buhari, President Muhammadu Buhari, has given the service 24 hours to pay the N10 million damages awarded to him by a high court.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State capital, had last week ordered the DSS to pay Okolie the money for illegally detaining him.
In a letter addressed to Yusuf Bichi, the Director-General of the DSS, the trader said a cheque of N10 million must be issued to him within 24 hours.
The letter, dated May 21, 2020, was signed by Okolie’s lawyer, Tope Akinyode.
The PUNCH reports that one Mafala acknowledged and received it on behalf of the DSS.
The letter read in part, “We have been instructed by our client to recover the said debt of N10, 000, 000 from you. You are therefore requested to forward your cheque to us forthwith in settlement of the judgment debt.
“Take notice that unless we receive our cheque in settlement within 24 hours after the receipt of this letter, we shall have no choice but to take all steps available under the law to recover the said sum.
“This will include but will not be limited to instituting contempt proceedings against you and going after assets of your establishment. We are certain that you will want to avoid the costs and embarrassment which our next course of action will entail and we hope that good counsel will prevail.”