Emmanuel Onani, Abuja
Fresh facts have emerged on what actually triggered the arrest of a man found to be using a dormant phone line of Hanan, President Muhammadu Buhari’s daughter, by security operatives.
Investigation by New Telegraph revealed that, contrary to what is in the public domain, the suspect, Mr. Okolie Ifediukwude Anthony, was arrested over alleged “criminal intent”.
Highly-placed sources, who spoke in confidence with this paper, said Okolie’s arrest followed a formal complaint made to the Department of State Services (DSS), by one of the persons he had had a chat with.
Our correspondent learnt that trouble started for Okolie when he allegedly used the first daughter’s dormant and subsequently reactivated line (a normal practice by network providers), to solicit for financial assistance.
He has since been granted administrative bail by the DSS.
One of the sources, said: “Okolie was held purely on (alleged) criminal intent, having realised it was the phone number of a member of the first family.
“One of the persons he had contacted, had made a formal complaint, thereby necessitating investigation and subsequent arrest.
“The person, knowing that Hanan had not been in the country, and so could not have been using the phone line, made a formal complaint.”
It was further learnt that Okolie, who hails from Asaba, Delta State, was on a daily-rated pay, as he had confessed to managing a fish pond for one Mr John Freeman.
In the said confessional statement contained a document sighted by this newspaper, the Delta-born man had further stated that he had sold a betting shop opened for him by his uncle.
“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 pen and write.
“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,” he said.