An application filed by the Department of State Services to stop payment of N10 million judgement debt issued against it in a case involving President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, Hanan has been struck out by the Federal High Court in Asaba on Wednesday, July 8.
The money was awarded to Anthony Okolie after he dragged the agency to court for violating his fundamental human rights over an MTN SIM card he bought that was once used by Hanan.
However, on Wednesday when the matter came up, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba struck out the DSS application saying the Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the case.
The judge said an appeal has been entered at the court of appeal and by virtue of Order 4 Rule 11 of the Court of Appeal rules, only the court of appeal can now hear the case.
He, therefore, struck out the application.
While reacting to the ruling, Mr Okolie’s lawyer, Tope Akinyode said: “It is refreshing to see the SSS lose out in court again today.”