The Department of State Services (DSS) have reportedly arrested Anthony Okolie for using a phone line previously used by one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughters, Hannan.
This was made known to The Guardian on Monday by the lawyer to Okolie, Tope Akinyode.
He said his client was apprehended in Asaba, Delta State in July, 2019.
According to Akinyode, Okolie spent about 15 weeks in custody before he was released in December.
He said Okolie bought the MTN SIM card lawfully after Buhari’s daughter abandoned it and it was recycled by the telecommunications company.
The DSS had initially arrested an elderly person who has a relationship with Okolie but released him when they got hold of his client, the lawyer revealed.
He said: “The SIM card became redundant and was recycled to the market for sale.
“Okolie lawfully bought the sim card after years of redundancy unknown to him who the previous owner was. To start with, all the laws have settled that arrest by proxy is forbidden and unconstitutional in Nigeria.
“Also, the arrest of the victim over a property which he lawfully obtained is outrageously illegal just as the long detention without trial amounts to unlawful detention.”
Akinyode revealed that they are going to file a suit against Hannan and the DSS, adding that “his detention for 10 weeks is unlawful and we will not accept such.”