Ekiti govt says state lawmaker detained by SSS ‘dead’

Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti state

The Ekiti State government says it has received information that a state lawmaker detained last week during a raid on the state House of Assembly by State Security Services’ agents, has died.

The government said Thursday 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)”.

The government said Mr. Akanni had been unlawfully held since March 4 by the SSS which defied a court order ordering his release.

“Significantly, since his illegal detention, he has been held incommunicado without access to his family members, doctors and lawyers,” a statement read to journalists by Lanre Ogunsuyi, Commissioner for Information, Youths and Sports Development, said.

“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.”


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