The Department of State Services (DSS) has contradicted the President’s daughter, Hanan Buhari, saying the Presidency ordered the investigation of a trader, Anthony Okolie, who was using a sim card previously owned by her.
The DSS said this in a counter-affidavit in response to the suit filed by Okolie.
But Hanan had said in her own counter-affidavit that she never reported any case to the agency.
Okolie, who was detained for 10 weeks by the DSS, slammed a N500m lawsuit on the President’s daughter, DSS and MTN Nigeria at the Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State.
In a counter-affidavit deposed to by one S.M Kayode on behalf of the DSS, the agency said it had the right to detain Okolie.
It read partly, “Sometime in July 2019, the first respondent (DSS) received a letter dated July 5, 2019, from the Presidency informing the first respondent’s service of a recurring case of impersonation of the first family by an unidentified individual using GSM number 09035666662 and directed the first respondent to investigate the matter.
“According to the letter, the individual was impersonating a member of the first family to defraud unsuspecting members of the public and specifically made contact with one Ahmed Halidu to whom he made monetary demands.
“Consequently, the first respondent’s service located the applicant (Okolie), who was the user of the line in Asaba and arrested him and transferred him immediately to the nearest locus of complaint for easy investigation.
“My lord, we hasten to state that from the averments before this court, the seeming circumvention of the requirement of the law in detaining the applicant was not deliberate but was necessitated by the overriding need to preserve classified issues that arise from the investigation.
“These issues, if divulged, could further fortify the criminal intelligence of the applicant and other criminal-minded persons and therefore compel the expedience of the action taken by the DSS.”
The case has been adjourned till March 3, 2020, for hearing.