The Department of State Security (DSS), has dispelled the rumors making the rounds of the death of Akanni Afolabi, an Ekiti lawmaker and a member of the Ekiti House of Assembly arrested by them and still in their custody.
Speaking in Abuja on Thursday during a briefing, Mr. Abdullahi Garba, an official of the SSS told newsmen the briefing became necessary in order to debunk the rumors being spread in Ekiti by some mischief makers.
He said that Mr. Afolabi was duly invited by the service over some breaches bordering on state security which falls within the jurisdiction of the DSS to investigate.
On Thursday morning it was alleged that Hon. Afolabi Akanni, representing Efon constituency had died in the custody of the security agency. Akanni was arrested on March 4, when the DSS allegedly invaded the assembly for undisclosed reason.
He was taken to Abuja where he had since been detained, in spite of the ruling of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti,ordering the DSS to either release him with immediate effect or produce him in court on Wednesday, March 16.
The rumor reached a feverish pitch when the government of Ekiti State said it received information confirming the death and called on the DSS to immediately clarify the situation as to the status (dead or alive) of Hon. Afolabi Akanni.
“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).
“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.”
At about 5:17pm, the People Democratic Party(PDP) used its twitter handle to confirm that the Ekiti lawmaker was not dead but sick.
FLASH: Afolabi Akanni, the Ekiti state assembly lawmaker in DSS custody is alive but sick. pic.twitter.com/XDmbnPxdlj
— PDP Nigeria (@PdpNigeria) March 17, 2016