The Department of State Services (DSS) has finally released Afolabi Akanni, a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, 18 days after he was detained.
Akanni who was arrested on March 4, 2016, over an alleged forgery during the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) House of Representatives primaries held in Ekiti North Federal Constituency and alleged assault on Justice John Adeyeye of the State High Court, was immediately rushed to a private hospital in Abuja after his release, where is currently receiving treatment.
The lawmaker spoke weakly after his release said the DSS let him go after he collapsed two times in detention.
The chairman of the Ekiti Assembly committee on information, Gboyega Aribisogan, who expressed joy over the release of the lawmaker said the entire state was filled with jubilation.
He said the governor ordered he should be taken to the hospital immediately he was released. Mr. Aribisogan also said all those detained with him has also been released.
“His incarceration really bothered us. I can confirm that every other person detained with him has also been released. Immediately he was released, Governor Ayodele Fayose ordered that he be taken into a hospital, which is where he is now.”
It can be recalled that it was rumoured last week that the lawmaker had died in detention. The Ekiti State government did the confirm his death, but the DSS dispelled the claim by presenting the legislator to newsmen alive, even though he looked ill and pale, the DSS claimed he was ‘hale and hearty’.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State had accused the Federal Government of plotting to kill Afolabi Akanni, who is kept in detention despite court order to release him and his failing health.
They alleged that the security agency wants the lawmaker and others in its custody to die so that their positions can be occupied members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).