OrderPaperToday – The controversial invasion of the Ekiti State House of Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) took a bizarre twist yesterday as the allegations and counter-allegations arose over the ‘death’ of a detained lawmaker, Afolabi Akanni.

Akanni, who represented Efon Constituency, was arrested on March 4th with three other lawmakers and whisked to the DSS Headquarters in Abuja.

While the state government came up with claims yesterday that the lawmaker had died in custody, the DSS presented him before journalists at its office.
Reports say that despite the ruling of the Federal High Court in Ado Ekiti delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo ordering the DSS to either release him or produce him in court on Wednesday March 16, Akanni has since been in the custody of the DSS.
A press conference in Ado-Ekiti by officials of the government led by Information Commissioner, Mr Lanre Ogunsuyi and the Speaker of the Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, alleged that Akanni had died in detention.

According to Ogunsuyi: “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 Service”
In reaction on Thursday however, the DSS has dismissed the allegation, calling it “dangerous the rumour making the rounds that one of the detained lawmakers, Hon. Afolabi, died in its custody.”
The DSS presented the lawmaker before newsmen at its headquarters in Abuja and further denied abducting the Ekiti lawmakers.
The DSS said: “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.
“You may have been aware of the recent situation in Ekiti State in which the DSS was accused of abducting the State Assembly’s 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 for which he has some explanations to make. These breaches fall under the purview of the DSS to investigate.
“The DSS warns 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.”
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