President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan Buhari, has vehemently denied reporting to the Department of State Services (DSS) that someone was using her old SIM card.
Following his 10 weeks in detention, Anthony Okolie, trader in Delta state, had sued Hanan, DSS and MTN telecommunication company for N500 million at a Federal High Court in Asaba.
Mr. Okolie was nabbed by the DSS in Asaba, Delta state, on July 19, 2019, for allegedly using a telephone line that previously belonged to Ms. Buhari.
In a counter-affidavit to the originating motion filed by Okolie, Hanan confirmed that she received several complaints from friends and relatives that someone was using her old phone number to solicit money but she never reported the matter to the DSS.
Although MTN and DSS are yet to react or file a counter-affidavit to the suit, Hanan had filed a written address in opposition to the originating motion on notice, denying allegations that she trampled on the trader’s rights.
In an affidavit deposed to on her behalf by a man named Idris Abdullahi, the president’s daughter said she should not have been joined in the suit because she had no idea that Okolie was arrested.
Part of the affidavit read: “I was informed by the 2nd respondent (Hanan) in our office on February 15, 2020, around 4 pm… that she never made any complaint against any Mr Anthony Okolie to any officer in State Security Service or any other law enforcement agency.
“That she was not privileged to even know anybody with the name Anthony Okolie and has never reported him or any other person to any law enforcement agency in Nigeria or any other country throughout her life.
“That although she was not happy with the public complaint that someone had been using her old SIM card to solicit for financial assistance using her name, she never complained to any authority and she was not aware that the person’s name was Anthony Okolie until the media published it.”
She believed that no one should be punished for using a SIM card that was formerly owned by another person as long as it was not used for fraud which could tarnish the image of the previous owner.