- The daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari has said he was being accused of something she never did before a Federal High Court in Abuja
- Hanan said she never abused the rights of Anthony Okolie who used her preowned sim card to scam unsuspecting callers
- According to Hanan's lawyer, his client did not see any reason to respond to the suit
Hanan Buhari, a daughter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, February 12, denied allegations of human rights abuse levelled against her by Anthony Okolie - a labourer resident and a native of Delta state.
Okolie had been arrested and detained by the State Security Services (SSS) for 10 weeks over the use of a sim card previously owned by Hanan.
Premium Times reports that in a suit filed before a Federal High Court by Okolie through his lawyer, Tope Akinyode, accused Hanan, the SSS and one of Nigeria's network provider, MTN of illegally detaining him.
In the suit, the applicant sought an order of the court to compel the three respondents to jointly or severally pay him N500 million as general and aggravated damages for the unlawful violation of his rights.
Akinyode asked the court to ensure that the matter was given expedited action as he alleged that the SSS are trailing him and his client since the matter started.
However, in his reaction to the prayers made by the applicant, Hanan's lawyer, M.E. Sheriff, told the court his client would not be responding to the allegations.
Sheriff said with the kind of allegations levelled against the president's daughter there was no need for a response.
He informed the court that a written address has been filed by the first respondent as an opposition to the originating motion on notice.
“My lord, we didn’t file a counter-affidavit but a written address. We didn’t file because we haven’t found a reason to file a counter-affidavit,” Sheriff said.
In his response, a seemingly angry judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, said there is no way the respondent would say she would not respond to an allegation against her.
Dimgba said: “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?” Dimgba queried.
Also, the counsel to the SSS, E.E. Daobri, said the secret police is yet to receive the necessary documents from its headquarters in Abuja and could not file a counter-affidavit as at when due.
He prayed the court to grant a two-week adjournment to enable him to put documents needed together.
After the submissions made by the parties, Justice Dimgba directed the SSS to stop trailing the applicant.
He said: “If this is true, Daobri, tell your men to stop it. They need their liberty to be able to come to court.”
He also adjourned the matter to Tuesday, March 3.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Okolie had confessed that he bought the Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) from a shop in the state's capital.
Okolie said he was shocked to find out that each time he made a call with the number, the True Caller application on his phone identified him as Hanan Buhari.
He also said that he only started using the number to solicit funds from prominent and wealthy persons in the country by posing as a female on phone.
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