DSS Invasion Of Ekiti House Of Assembly: Lawmakers Demand Apology, Threaten Lawsuit
Members of Ekiti State House of Assembly have demanded an unreserved apology from the Department of State Services (DSS) over the March 4, 2016 invasion of the House of Assembly and unlawful detention of a member of the House, representing Efon Constituency, Hon Afolabi Akanni for 18 days, threatening to seek redress and damages in court.
The lawmakers, who described the act of impunity by the DSS under
President Mohammadu Buhari as undemocratic, unpatriotic, dictatorial
and brutish, also demanded a thorough medical examination of Hon.
Akanni, saying; “we fear that his health and general well-being could
have been compromised while in the DSS custody.”
Addressing the press today, Chairman of the House Committee on
Information, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan, who was flanked by the Speaker,
Rt. Hon. Kola Oluwawole, Deputy Speaker; Hon Segun Adewumi and 16
others, said the DSS must explain to Nigerians whether in a democracy,
it was part of the its mandate to disobey court orders and dump
Nigerians in detention for 18 days on unfounded allegations.
The statement read in full; “Yesterday, we read online like other
Nigerians that our member, representing Efon Constituency, Hon Afolabi
Akanni who has been in the Department of State Services (DSS)
detention in Abuja since March 4 was on admission at a private
hospital in Abuja.
“Up till this moment, we have not been told officially by the DSS
whether or not Hon Akanni was formally released from incarceration
after spending 18 days without access to his doctors, lawyers and
“However, preliminary information available to us suggests that Hon
Akanni may have been brought to the hospital by men of the DSS and
abandoned there because they could no longer hold him in captivity
because of his deteriorating health condition.
“Nigerians should be reminded that it took the rumour of Hon Akanni’s
death for the DSS to admit officially that it was holding him after
spending 15 days in detention without access to anyone.
“As we speak, Hon Akanni is in very critical condition and he has not
been able to speak with anyone of us.
“As reported in the media, Hon Akanni could only say that he was sick,
he was not well when press men sought to speak with him yesterday.
“We therefore demand an official explanation from the DSS as to why
Hon. Akanni was abducted and held incommunicado for 18 days, only for
us to be told that he was admitted at a private hospital in Abuja.
“We also demand a thorough medical examination of Hon. Akanni as we
fear that his health and general well-being could have been
compromised while in the DSS custody.
“Furthermore, we demand an explanation from the DSS whether in a
democracy, it is part of the its mandate to disobey court orders and
dump Nigerians in detention for 18 DAYS on unfounded allegations.
“Most importantly, we condemn strongly the DSS illegal arrest,
detention and dehumanisation of Hon Akanni and we demand an unreserved
“We have also directed our counsel to seek redress and damages in
court because to us, this act of impunity by the DSS under President
Mohammadu Buhari is undemocratic, unpatriotic, dictatorial and
“Detaining Nigerians for weeks without trial is a clear return of
Decree 2, with which President Buhari hounded Nigerians in detention
when he was a military dictator and we in the Ekiti State House of
Assembly will continue to support our leader and Governor, Peter
Ayodele Fayose in his fight against tyranny.
“We wish to also alert the public that men of the DSS have been
visiting schools attended by some of our members, in search of their
“Though we are not afraid of anyone or agency of government
investigating the academic background of our members, it is important
that the DSS face its core mandate of gathering intelligence for the
security of Nigeria and its people.
“We wish to advise the DSS to pay more attention to the growing
insecurity in the country, instead of acting as an arm of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) to pursue the evil agenda of destabilising
the Fayose-led government.
“Lastly, we wish to reiterate our commitment to the development of
Ekiti State, which is being championed committedly by Governor Ayodele
Fayose and we state that no amount of intimidation and harassment will
make us join the enemies of Ekiti, whose only interest is to grab
power for their personal gains.”