By James Ameh
The Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State, has awarded N10million to a businessman, Anthony Okolie, who was detained for 10 weeks in 2019 by the Department of State Services, DSS, for purchasing a SIM card previously used by President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan.
In a judgment delivered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, the court said that the DSS violated Okolie's fundamental rights by holding him beyond the constitutionally approved period.
Dimgba said that refusal of the DSS to notify Okolie in writing about the grounds and facts of his arrest, within 24 hours of his arrest, amounted to gross violation of his fundamental human rights under Section 35(3) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
He also ruled that his arrest and detention for 10 weeks between July 21, 2019 and September 22, 2019, without any detention order, was illegal as it violated his right to personal liberty guaranteed by Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution.