The Ekiti state Commissioner for Information, Youth Sports and Culture, Mr. Lanre Ogunsuyi, has said the state House of Assembly member, Honourable Afolabi Akanni, allegedly detained by the DSS has died in the secret police custody.
The commissioner who made the announcement in a press conference on Thursday, said although the DSS had held him incommunicado since March 4th, “our contacts in the DSS told us that he is dead.”
According to Ogunsuyi, “we were told that he developed an ailment last night and he died by morning. The DSS had denied him access to his family, his doctor or to anyone that knows him.”
The Commissioner for Information said they were however waiting for the DSS to confirm or deny the death of Akanni or produce him for his people to see.”
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BEING THE FULL TEXT OF EMERGENCY PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE EKITI STATE GOVERNMENT ON THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016
Gentlemen of the Press,
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.
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.
Hon. Lanre Ogunsuyi,
Commissioner for Information, Youths and Sports Development
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