The Department of State Services (DSS) has produced Afolabi Akanni, the Ekiti State Assembly Lawmaker, whom the state government claimed had died in the custody of the DSS.
The state had announced the death of Afolabi, at an emergency press conference in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, on Thursday, through the Commissioner of Information, Youths, Sports and Culture, Mr Lanre Ogunsuyi, who insisted that the lawmaker developed an ailment midnight of Thursday and died at dawn.
Speaking to journalists, on Thursday, at the headquarters of the DSS, Abdullahi Garba, an official of the DSS, said that Akanni was arrested for some serious breaches bordering on state security.
“You may have been aware of the recent situation in Ekiti state in which the DSS was accused of abducting the state assembly legislators.
“The fact is that one of the members of the assembly, 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. These breaches fall under the purview of the DSS to investigate.
“This 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 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,” he declared.
It would be recalled that DSS operatives purportedly invaded the state House of Assembly about a fortnight ago and arrested four lawmakers — Afolabi Akanni, Musa Arogundade, Badejo Anifowose and Sina Animasaun – representing Efon, Ado 1, Moba 2 and Ekiti West 2 State Constituencies respectively.
Source: THE WILL
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