By Ayodele Oluwafemi
Anthony Okolie, a trader who was illegally detained for 10 weeks by the State Security Service (SSS) has asked the service to pay the sum of N10 million slammed on it by the Federal High Court in Asaba.
Recall that a week ago, the Federal High Court in Asaba, Delta State capital slammed a fine of N10 million against the SSS for unlawful violation of Okolie’s rights, over a sim card controversy involving President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba awarded the sum of N10 million against SSS, while exonerating Hanan Buhari
On Wednesday, Okolie through his lawyer, Tope Akinyode, sent a letter to the Director-General of the SSS to forward the cheque as settlement within 24 hours of receiving the letter, to avoid legal steps to recover the said sum of the money.
“We are Solicitors to Mr Anthony Okolie on whose behalf we write you and who we shall hereinafter refer to as our Client.
“As you must have been informed by E.E Daubry, Esq., who represented you in the case of Anthony Okolie V DG SSS & 2 ORS; FHC/ASB/CS/3/2020, the Federal High Court, Asaba slammed a fine of N10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira) against you for violating the fundamental human right of our Client who was detained in your custody for 10 weeks over an MTN SIM Card once used by Hanan Buhari, the daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
“We have been instructed by our Client to recover the said debt of N10,000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira) from you. You are therefore requested to forward your Cheque to us forthwith in settlement of the judgment debt.
“TAKE NOTICE that unless we receive your Cheque in settlement within 24 hours’ receipt of this letter, we shall have no choice but to take all steps available under law to recover the said sum.
“This will include but will not be limited to instituting contempt proceedings against you and going after the assets of your establishment. We are certain that you will want to avoid the costs and embarrassment which our next course of action will entail and we hope that good counsel will prevail,” the letter sent to SSS reads.