Afolabi Akanni After 19 days in detention, DSS releases 'sick' Ekiti lawmaker

The lawmaker said the DSS let him go after he collapsed two times in detention.

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has released the detained Ekiti State House of Assembly, Honourable Afolabi Akanni.

Akanni was arrested on March 4, 2016, over an alleged forgery during the Peoples Democratic Party’s House of Representatives primaries held in Ekiti North Federal Constituency and alleged assault on Justice John Adeyeye of the State High Court.

Speaking to newsmen after his release, the lawmaker said the DSS let him go after he collapsed two times in detention.

According to Channels TV, Akanni is currently receiving medical attention at a private hospital in Abuja the nation’s capital city.

READ: 'DSS wants our detained lawmaker dead,' Ekiti Assembly alleges

During one of senate proceedings, a federal lawmaker, Biodun Olujimi, had condemned the Honourable's 'illegal' detention.

Olujimi told the Senate that the armed operatives from the DSS invaded the chamber of the Ekiti State House of Assembly on March 4, and took the lawmaker.

“The Senate is alarmed that on Friday, March 4, the hallowed chamber of the Ekiti State House of Assembly was invaded by armed men of the department of State Services.

“Not minding that the various committees of the House were meeting, more than 10 DSS men armed to the teeth invaded the assembly complex shooting sporadically into the air, thereby causing panic among members and staff of the House who had to scamper for safety and were afraid for their lives,” she told the Senate.

On March 17, the Ekiti State government had alarmed Akanni was dead, but the DSS dispelled the claim by presenting the legislator to newsmen alive, but he looked ill even though the Service claimed he was "hale and hearty."

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