DSS produces Ekiti lawmaker alive
The Directorate of State Sucurity, DSS has produced the detained Ekiti Lawmaker, Hon. Afolabi Akanni who was alleged to have died in the custody of Directorate of State Security, DSS.
The DSS produced the Lawmaker to the journalists in Abuja to prove that he is alive and not dead.
Though Akanni looked sick and weak during his presentation to the media.
A statement signed by Tony Opuiyo, for DSS headquater Abuja observed that the fact is that Hon. Akanni Afolabi was duly invited by the Service over some serious breaches bordering on State security and for which he has some explanations to make.
Opuiyo said the breaches fall under the purview of the DSS to investigate.
Upuiyo said, “the Press Conference has become necessary in order to debunk a rumour which is being dangerously spread in Ekiti State by some mischief makers to the effect that Hon. AFOLABI has died in custody. Nigerians and Ekiti people in particular are convinced to see that Afolabi is hale and hearty as he is being presented to the Press today.
The DSS will therefore warn all those who have planned to make a meat out of this to desist from it and stir clear from trouble as the Service will not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law against any one or persons that may engage in violent actions of any kind”.
The statement concluded that “in a similar vein, all law abiding Ekiti residents should go about their normal businesses as the Service assures them of full protection by security agencies.”
A press conference addressed earlier by the Commissioner for Information, Youths and Sports Development of Ekiti State, Lanre Ogunsuyi disclosed that “Information reaching us indicates that one of the abducted members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Afolabi Akanni has died in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).”
It will be recalled that the lawmaker has been unlawfully incarcerated in DSS custody since March 4, 2016.
A court order directing his release since March 11, 2016 was ignored by the DSS.
It was gethereed that since his illegal detention, he has been held incommunicado without access to his family members, doctors and lawyers.
Ogunsuyi in his statement called on the DSS to immediately clarify the situation as to the status (dead or alive) of Hon Afolabi Akanni, representing Efon Constituency by producing him physically for all Nigerians, particularly his immediate family to see.
“While we are waiting for the DSS, we urge every resident of Ekiti State, particularly the people of his immediate Constituency in Efon to remain calm”, Akanni said