Following her abduction, assault and unlawful abduction by Aisha Buhari, Nigeria’s First Lady, Zainab Kassim, former Special Assistant to the President on Domestic and Social Events in Aisha’s office has dragged her ex-boss to court, demanding N100m compensation.
Zainab failed the lawsuit following an in-depth story authored by ‘Fisayo Soyombo, FIJ’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief. The undercover journalist detailed how Zainab was secretly arrested by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) and taken to the first lady who would brutalise her alongside others.
During the battering, the first lady threatened to kill Zainab. It would surprise the victim to know that she was been punished for allegedly deleting a post from the Instagram handle of the first lady. According to the report, she had been handling Aisha’s Instagram account before she left the presidential villa.
Zainab was later detained and would be rushed to the hospital when she fainted “twice”. According to the report, she was released because” she almost died”. But the threats did not stop even after she was released. The first lady keep threatening her and warned her not to speak to the press or seek legal redress.
In a lawsuit filed by Zainab’s counsels, Sterling Solicitors, Aisha Buhari, the Director-General of DSS and the Inspector-General of Police were dragged to the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
The counsels noted that the incident violated Zainab’s liberty and freedom of movement. They, however, demanded her smartphone, Note 20 Ultra Mobile Phone be immediately released to her. In addition, the counsels also demanded N100 million in damages.