The Department of State Services (DSS), has filed an appeal against the N10m ruling in the case involving the purchase of a SIM card previously used by President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan Buhari.
Recall that Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court in May ordered the DSS to pay the man who purchased the sim card, Anthony Okolie, the sum of 10 million nairas.
DSS had detained the trader for 10 weeks without charging him to court for buying Hanan’s old SIM card.
Okolie had filed a human right suit against the DSS, President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, and the telecoms firm, MTN.
The Federal High Court, however, absolved Hanan and MTN of the blame but ordered the DSS to pay Okolie the sum 10 million for abusing his human right.
Following the ruling of the court, Okolie’s lawyer, Tope Akinyode, had threatened to file a suit against the Director-General of the DSS over non-payment.
DSS in its reaction filed an appeal before the court seeking a stay of execution to stop Okolie from enforcing the payment of the 10 million before the appeal case is settled.
Mr Akinyode while reacting to the appeal filed by the DSS noted that the application of the DSS would be opposed and Okolie would be asking the court to compel the DSS to pay the judgement sum.
The lawyer said, “We are vehemently opposing the application for stay of execution. It’s a frivolous ploy by the SSS to delay payment. We will be asking the court to compel them to make payment into an interest yielding account designated by the court and whoever wins at the appellate court will harvest the money.”
“Also we’ll be cross appealing against the remaining two defendants, especially the daughter of the president about who we were able to place convincing evidence of her involvement before the trial court.”
The case has been fixed for July 7, 2020, for argument by the parties.