Court Orders DSS To Release Ekiti Lawmaker

by on March 11, 2016

Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Afolabi Akanni, who was arrested last week by men of the Department of State Services on Friday as the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti ordered the security agency to release him from detention
with immediate effect.

In the alternative, the court ordered the DSS to produce Akanni in Court on Wednesday, March16 and show cause why he would not be released .

Akanni, representing Efon constituency, was arrested last Friday by DSS for an undisclosed reason and whisked to Abuja and had since been detained by the security agency.

Consequently, Akanni, through his lawyers, Barr. Obafemi Adewale and Barr. Bunmi Olugbade, approached the court with an ex-parte
application seeking the protection of his fundamental human rights in line with Section 35 (1) of the 1999 constitution.

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In the ex-parte motion number FHC/AD/CS/18/16, dated March 10 and supported by 21-paragraph affidavits deposed to by a member of the State House of Assembly, Hon Tunji Akiyele, he sought an order of the court compelling the DSS to release him pending the determination of the substantive issue.

He also sought an order restraining the DSS from further re-arresting,  harassing or intimidating him until the main issue pending before the court is entertained and judgement dispensed.

In its ruling delivered by Justice TaiwoTaiwo, the court agreed with the applicant that the enforcement of fundamental human rights is a case of urgency , which should be treated expeditiously, citing the cases of Beko Ransome Kuti Vs SSS and Tunji Abayomi Vs SSS to justify his stand.

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