A trader, Anthony Okolie, who was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) and detained for 10 weeks, has sued the security agency for N500m.
Okolie, in a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State, by his lawyer, Tope Akinyode, also demanded N500m from Hanan Buhari, the daughter of the President, Major General Muhammadu (retd.), as well as a telecommunications company, MTN.
The suit, with number FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020, is seeking an order to “compel the respondents (DSS, Hanan and MTN) jointly or severally to pay the applicant the sum of N500,000,000 only 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.”
The 33-year-old man said in a supporting affidavit that he was arrested on July 19, 2019, in Asaba, Delta State, for using a telephone line that was previously owned by Hanan.
According to him, he remained in custody, bound by handcuffs, till September 22, 2019, as the DSS waited for Hanan, who was schooling in the United Kingdom, to come and clear him but she never did.
Okolie also attached the receipt he was issued after purchasing the SIM card as well as the SIM certificate.
The affidavit read in part, “That on December 8, 2019, at Ogbeogonogo Market, Nebu Road, Asaba, Delta State, I purchased a SIM card with Phone Number, 09035666662, for the sum of N1,000 only and I received a SIM pack with accompanying documents as a result as evidence of purchase receipt.
“That in line with relevant regulations, I approached a kit operator of the 3rd respondent (MTN) named Jeff, who captured my biometric and registered the SIM card in my name and on my behalf.
“That in July, 2019, I visited my business associate at his residence in Asaba and saw him being taken away by officers of the 1st respondent (DSS). During the process, they obtained information from him on who he communicated with last over the phone and my associated announced that it was me.
“That immediately afterwards, officers of the 1st respondent (DSS) arrested me and led me to their vehicle, asking me to keep quiet and drove me to their offices in Asaba, Delta, State.
“That after a while, they disclosed that my arrest was ordered by the Presidency and I had to be taken to Abuja for further interrogation on which basis they drove me to Abuja by road the following day.”
The applicant stated that he explained to the DSS how he bought the SIM card but he was informed that the phone line, which was linked to his SIM card, was once used by Hanan.
“They thereafter labelled me a criminal for using a phone line that previously belonged to the 2nd respondent,” he said.
Okolie alleged that because of the personality involved, his case file was tagged, ‘First Family’ and he was denied access to his lawyers.
The trader claimed that his mother, who was not allowed to see him, developed high blood pressure while he lost a N5m business deal.
He added, “They also disclosed to me that the President wants to see me and my case was boldly earmarked, First Family. Based on the foregoing, officers of the 1st respondent (DSS) maintained that the 2nd respondent (Hanan) must be available to clarify her allegations against me before I was allowed freedom from their facilities.
“That the 2nd respondent (Hanan) was contacted several times by officers of the 1st respondent (DSS) but the 2nd respondent (Hanan) declined making herself available by claiming that she was busy with studies in the United Kingdom.”
Okolie asked the court to declare that his long detention was an abuse of his fundamental human rights.
He asked the court to declare that the actions of the DSS contravened sections 35 and 34 of the 1999 Constitution. (Punch)
Amotekun: “Go Ahead, Arrest Us And Ignite Fire” — FFK Dares Miyetti Allah
A former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to Miyetti Allah’s call for the arrest of any Yoruba leader backing the formation of the newly created South-West regional security outfit, Amotekun.
In a post shared on his official Facebook page, FFK stated that arresting Yoruba leaders would ignite a fire.
He added that Yoruba leaders are ready to sacrifice the freedom of their loved ones and children.
Read his post below:
“Arrest Yoruba leaders who support Amotekun”- Miyetti Allah.
“Go ahead, arrest us and ignite a fire.
“Do your very worst and make heroes and martyrs out of us. Do even more than arrest.
We are ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of our loved ones and children and for the future generations of our people.
We will never bow to you and we will not be intimidated by your bullying ways and childish barrack-room threats. When you take one of us down millions will rise up in his or her defence and in his or her place.
We have lost all sense of fear. We have no fear of arrest, no fear of death, no fear of torture, no fear of failure and no fear of tyranny because the Lord is with us!
Amotekun is here to stay and damned be he who says this is not so.
Permit me to add this:
In as much as the control of one’s own destiny is the pre-condition for progress, a conflict with the Islamic North is inevitable if the South truly desires to successfully reform itself.
The struggle for Biafran secession in 1967, the Kaduna Nzeogwu coup d’état” of January 15th 1966 and the Gideon Orkar coup d’etat of April 22 1990, which all aimed at breaking the Islamic North’s political stranglehold and the centrifugal ethnic nationalism of today, have all been abundantly vindicated.
There is no realistic prospect of working, in equal partnership, with the Islamic North towards any shared enlightened vision of the future.
It is time for us to go our separate ways.
Protesters Storm N’Assembly Over Supreme Court’s Verdict Imo
A group, Concerned Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youths, on Friday, January 17, staged a protest in front of the National Assembly against the recent judgment by the Supreme Court which removed Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP and declared Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the authentic winner of Imo governorship election.
According to Vanguard, the protesters who all appeared in black attire, comprised of young men and women in their early 20s.
They also carried different placards with inscriptions like; “Presidency and Judiciary murders Democracy,” “Supreme Court is a fraud,” “The judiciary under the APC government is a failure.”
In his remarks, leader of the group, Hassan Garba who condemned the judgment in totality said that it was robbery against the PDP and the people of Imo state, His words:
“We don’t accept that judgement by the Supreme Court which removed our candidate, Mr Emeka Ihedioha and put senator Hope Uzodinma of APC. Something must be done to save our democracy.”
However, the protest which was peaceful at the beginning turned violent as some persons amongst them started fighting over some issues not known as at the time of this report.
Earlier this week, the PDP had through its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, described the ruling as another sad commentary on the nation’s democratic order. The PDP lamented that the people’s collective destiny had been taken from the governor they chose and handed over to someone and a political party that the residents do not want.
JUST IN: Uzodinma Sacks Chairmen Of Boards, Parastatals Appointed By Ihedioha
The Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, has ordered the immediate dissolution of boards of all government parastatals and agencies in the state.
He gave the order barely 48 hours after his inauguration.
The sacked chairmen and members of boards were appointed by Emeka Ihedioha, who was himself sacked from the seat of the governor by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Uzodinma’s newly-appointed Chief Press Secretary, Chief Press Secretary Oguwuike Nwachukwu, confirmed the development.
The sacked persons were directed to hand over government properties in their possession to the most senior civil servants in the various affected MDAs on or before the close of work on Friday.
Recall that ORIENTAL TIMES earlier reported that the governor suspended all contracts awarded by his predecessor, citing fraudulent activities of some government functionaries.
“Particular note has been taken of some parastatals where the contract letters and agreements are being backdated.
“Therefore Governor Hope Uzodinma has directed the suspension of all award of contracts in the state public service except with due authorisation from the office of the governor,” a statement signed by T.U.C Okonkwo, Principal Secretary to the Governor, read.