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Ekiti Lawmaker, Akanni Reportedly Dead In DSS Custody

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It was reported on Thursday that Honourable Afolabi Akanni has died under the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

This information was disclosed by Lawmakers of the Ekiti State House of Assembly after an emergency press conference held in the State on Thursday March 17, 2016.

The concerned Lawmakers demanded that the Department of State Services produce Akanni dead or alive, as it is believed that the honourable has died under the custody of the DSS.

Recall that Hon. Akanni, who represents Efon Constituency of the South Western State, was abducted by the DSS on the order of President Buhari on Friday 4th March 2016. He has been detained and held in DSS custody till date, despite the order of a court directing his release.

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It was also reported that since his abduction two weeks ago, Akanni has being denied access to speak or see family members, doctors and even his lawyers.

The resolve which was made available to this medium on Thursday and signed by the Commissioner for Information, Youths and Sports Development, Hon. Lanre Ogunsuyi, reads: “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 honourable member 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.

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“Significantly, since his illegal detention, he has been held incommunicado without access to his family members, doctors and lawyers.

“We call 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.”