- The stay of execution filed by the DSS to avoid paying the N10 million damages in the Hanan Buhar's SIM card case has been rejected
- The federal high court in Asaba said it lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case
- The presiding judge, however, said an appeal has been entered at the Court of Appeal which has jurisdiction hear the case
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The efforts by the Department of State Services to avoid paying the N10 million fine for illegally detaining Anthony Okolie for 10 weeks have failed.
The DSS had filed an application for a stay of execution on the payment but the Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, the Delta state, struck it out, The Cable reports.
Recall that Okolie was arrested in July 2019 in Asaba for using the previous phone line of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan.
Upon his release, he sued the DSS, the telecom company that issued the SIM card, and Ms Hanan, demanding compensation.
The court afterwards upheld Okolie’s submissions and ordered the DSS to pay N10 million for the violation of his rights.
Subsequently, Okolie’s lawyer wrote the DSS director-general, demanding the payment of the awarded sum but the DSS had filed an application for stay of execution.
However, on Wednesday, July 8, the court struck out the DSS’ application over lack of jurisdiction, adding that an appeal has been entered at the Court of Appeal which has jurisdiction hear the case.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Hanan Buhari, the daughter of the current Nigerian president denied ordering the DSS to detain Okolie for 10 weeks over the use of a sim card previously used by her.
Okolie had instituted a human rights abuse allegations levelled against Hanan over his detention by the secret service.
But the president’s daughter on Friday, February 21, through her lawyer, Sheriff, in a counter-affidavit claimed not to be aware that any arrest was made by the DSS.
Hanan, however, admitted that the sim card which caused the dispute was once used by her.
“I have never complained to the State Security Service or any law enforcement agency in Nigeria or outside the country to make arrest of anyone,” she said.
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