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In Ekiti House Speaker criticises DSS for disobeying court order

The Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti ordered the DSS to release Afolabi Akanni (a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly), and produce him in court on March 16, 2016.

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Ekiti State House of Asembly

(DailyPost)

The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, has called on the Department of State Services (DSS) to obey the Ado-Ekiti Federal High Court’s order and release the lawmaker in its custody.

You will recall that the Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti ordered the DSS to release Afolabi Akanni (a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly), and produce him in court on March 16, 2016.

The Speaker, in a statement said “We have said times without number that this particular case of DSS invading the Ekiti State House of Assembly is in no way about fighting any crime; it is simply a case of political vendetta. When the Federal High Court in Ado-Ekiti, headed by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, handed down the judgment last Thursday, we felt that the course of justice was about to be followed, but we were mindful of the fact that the executive had disobeyed many court orders in the past.”

Oluwawole also said “That is why we have kept on calling on relevant stakeholders that the Ekiti case is like the more you look, the less you see. There is no allegation against the four members of the House that they had held since the last two weeks and they were not released, neither were they produced before any competent court of law for any offence.”

 “We, in the Ekiti State House of Assembly, believe in the principles of separation of powers and the rule of law. That is why we have said that the Federal Government has more than the ordinary interest in the political issue in Ekiti State. It should be prevailed upon to allow democracy to work at all levels of governance,” the lawmaker said.

The lawmakers also accused President Buhari of masterminding the invasion of its chambers by men of the Department of State Services (DSS).

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