DSS fails to release Akanni as promised – Ekiti Speaker
Oluwawole said it was undemocratic and ungodly for the DSS to have promised that the service was already contemplating releasing Akanni before the House staged a protest to its state office along New Iyin Road in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Thursday, only for the lawmaker to still be in custody of DSS till Sunday
The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kola Oluwawole, has beseeched the Federal Government to run the country with the fear of God.
Oluwawole spoke against the backdrop of what he said was the failure of the Department of State Services to release a member of the Assembly, Hon. Afolabi Akanni, who has been in the custody of the security agency for about two weeks.
Oluwawole said the DSS had promised to free Akanni on Saturday.
His position was contained in a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Stephen Gbadamosi, on Sunday.
He noted that if it was not a case of political vendetta, the DSS would have kept its promise to release the incarcerated lawmaker latest by Saturday that it promised.
Oluwawole said it was undemocratic and ungodly for the DSS to have promised that the service was already contemplating releasing Akanni before the House staged a protest to its state office along New Iyin Road in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Thursday, only for the lawmaker to still be in custody of DSS till Sunday.
Members of Efon Alaaye town, where Akanni hails from, also told journalists on Thursday that while the state DSS Director in the state was assuring them that Akanni was still alive, they extracted same promise from the security agency that the lawmaker would be released on Saturday.
Oluwawole said in the statement: “We have said that injustice to one is injustice to all. This is the only one of our missing four lawmakers that the DSS has accepted is with them. We said if you are holding him, tell us why, or if you have any evidence against him, charge him to court. We are law-abiding people in Ekiti.
“If you can’t charge him to court, then, you have no reason under the law to continue to hold him. He has been in your custody for close to three weeks now, yet, you have not proffered any charge against him. What kind of democracy is this?
“On Thursday, the Director of State Security Service (SSS) in Ekiti State promised us that they were already contemplating to release Afolabi Akanni, and that latest, by Saturday, he would be released. Why is he not with his family now? We forced them to show him on television to know whether he is alive or not. They showed him. Is that man alive? He needs immediate medical attention. You have denied him access to doctor, family, lawyer and medication in about three weeks. Even a common criminal has right to live until otherwise decided by the court.
“People should not toy with human lives that they cannot create, in the name of politics. If anybody has done anything wrong, take him/her to court. Let the court be the last arbiter. You can’t, as DSS, be the judge in a case you institute. DSS has proved partisanship again, as it promised to release Akanni latest on Saturday and it failed to do so. It is obvious that there is ulterior political motive in this.
“I’m saying my own; this trend is dangerous to democracy in Nigeria, if we are serious about entrenching it. We are drifting to autocracy gradually. In fact, this Federal Government is already autocratic. Release Akanni now, before he dies in DSS custody for no just cause. Nigeria belongs to us all and nobody should be above the constitution.”