More information has been obtained about a man, Okolie Ifediukwude Anthony, arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) for allegedly using a phone number with the name of President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter Hanan to undertake criminal activities was true.
Vanguard reports that the suspect, who has since been released by the DSS, is not a fish farm investor as claimed but a labourer who is paid on a pay-as-you-work basis by the owner of the fish farm in Asaba.
Some Documents showed that Anthony, who is a native of Umuezei Quarters of Asaba, Delta State, was working in a small fish farm owned by one John Freeman in Otuogwu.
He was caught for using the phone for criminal pursuits after discovering the initial owner through Truecaller.
According to the documents, Anthony ventured into the fish farm business after being involved in betting game business, which he later gave up because it was not profitable.
“I did sales of recharge with my sister now married for a while before my uncle opened a betting shop for me to serve as an agent from 2016-2018. I later sold the shop because the business was not moving and was not bringing profit,” Okolie confessed in the document.
“I am currently searching for job but managing a small fish pond with Mr. John Freeman in his compound located at Otuogwu, Asaba, Delta State and paid a small amount of money each day I visit the farm and also help out in doing some writing for the owner since his age does not allow him to hold bird and write.”
He said he came about the SIM that bears the name Hanan Buhari when he bought the Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) from a roadside shop in Asaba after misplacing his previous number without knowing that the original owner had the name registered by the service provider.
Okolie, who was shocked to discover that each time he made calls with the number 09035666***, the true caller would indicate ‘Hanan Buhari’, said he then planned to report to the service provider, to ‘rectify the problem’ but he never reported until he was arrested.
He ran into trouble with security agencies after he started posing as a woman and pretending as if he was Buhari’s daughter and original owner of the SIM, all in a bid to curry favour from unsuspecting members of the public.
He had been using that to do brisk business and consequently began to solicit financial assistance from key Nigerians who knew the first family’s daughter.
“I was arrested on July 21, 2019, after I had used the phone to chat with an unknown number which I asked for financial assistance, and the man promised to assist me, but I never talked with him again because I did not know who the person was.”
According to a source close to the service provider, who issued the controversial SIM to Okolie, the number was validly issued to Okolie after it was duly retrieved from the original user having been dormant for a long time in accordance with industry practice to keep its subscribers base healthy.