The daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hanan, has disowned the State Security Service (SSS) in the human rights abuse allegations levelled against her by Anthony Okolie, a man detained by the SSS for ten weeks over the use of a sim card previously used by Hanan.
Hanan’s lawyer, M.E. Sheriff, in a counter-affidavit filled on Friday, agreed that she once used the MTN sim card which caused the dispute.
She, however, claimed not to be aware that the SSS made any arrest.
Hanan in the 20 paragraph affidavit obtained by PREMIUM TIMES said although she was not happy with the complaint from the public that someone else was using her former sim card, but “I have never complained to the State Security Service or any law enforcement agency in Nigeria or outside the country to arrest anyone.”
The president’s daughter said she is being “accused of an allegation, and she knows nothing about”.
According to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr Okolie was illegally arrested and detained by the SSS. He has dragged Hanan, MTN and the SSS before a Federal High Court in Asaba for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.
He is seeking an order to “compel the respondents to jointly or severally to pay the applicant the sum of N500 million 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.”
On February 12, when the matter was heard before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, Hanan’s lawyer said there was no need to make a reply to the allegations.
The lawyer was later condemned by the judge who furiously responded saying: “What do you mean you haven’t seen a reason? Sheriff, how can you not see a reason? Somebody has accused you. Even if it is to say, ‘I didn’t do so’, can’t you respond? You’re saying you did not see a reason. Sheriff, what kind of thing is this?”
It was the judge’s condemnation that necessitated Hanan’s counter-affidavit in which she disowned the SSS.
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Reacting to the counter affidavit, Mr Okolie, in court, said it is not true that Hanan did not order the arrest.
“I was told by the DSS that it was Hanan Buhari that exposed them to arrest me. My file was named “first family”, they called her three different times to come to substantiate the allegations against me; she did not show up”.
Tope Akinyode, who is representing Mr Okolie, said he is confident his client will get justice through the court, being the last hope of the common man.
The case has been adjourned to March 3, 2020.