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Alleged Invasion Of Ekiti House Of Assembly: DSS Evades Service Of Court Order, Refuses To Release Detained Lawmaker Five Days After

DSS-officersThe Department of State Services (DSS) has refused to accept the service of the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti order for the immediate release of the detained member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, representing Efon Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Honourable Afolabi Akani.

Hon Akanni was whisked away on March 4, during the alleged invasion of the state’s House of Assembly by men of the DSS and has since then been held incommunicado.

The Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti on March 11 o for his immediate release.

It will be recalled that Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti on March 11, while delivering the ruling in suit number FHC/AD/CS/8/16 filed on behalf of Hon. Akanni by his counsel, Obafemi Adewale said the DSS did not meet all the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Justice Taiwo said the court heard the application urgently because of the life and liberty of a citizen was at stake.

Agreeing 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,  the Judge ordered  the DSS to release the lawmaker with immediate effect or produce him in court in the
alternative and show evidence why he would be in protective custody as the case instituted by the applicant proceeds.

As at today, March 15, the DSS has yet to accept to be served with the court order.

Hon Akanni’s counsel, Barrister Obafemi Adewale who confirmed that the  lawmaker was yet to be released,  added that the DSS officials at Ado Ekiti refused to allow him entry into their office when he went to serve the office a copy of the court’s order for his immediate release.

He described the refusal of court order by the organisation in Ekiti State as uncalled for, saying: “When the  bailiff brought the High court order to the DSS office over the unlawful detention of Mr. Afolabi, the officials refused him entry and said they were acting under instruction from above.

“Meanwhile, the High court had ordered them (DSS) to release my client since March 11, but  up till now they refuse to even collect the court order. The DSS action in this respect is as a reminder of the military era and affront on human rights. We will have to   file an application Alleged invasion of Ekiti House of Assembly: DSS evades service of
Court Order, refuses to release detained lawmaker five days after

The Department of State Services (DSS) has refused to accept the service of the Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti order for the immediate release of the detained member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, representing Efon Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Honourable Afolabi Akani.

Hon Akanni was whisked away on March 4, during the alleged invasion of the state’s House of Assembly by men of the DSS and has since then been held incommunicado.

The Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti on March 11 o for his immediate release.

It will be recalled that Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti on March 11, while delivering the ruling in suit number FHC/AD/CS/8/16 filed on behalf of Hon. Akanni by his counsel, Obafemi Adewale said the DSS did not meet all the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Justice Taiwo said the court heard the application urgently because of the life and liberty of a citizen was at stake.

Agreeing 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,  the Judge ordered  the DSS to release the lawmaker with immediate effect or produce him in court in the
alternative and show evidence why he would be in protective custody as the case instituted by the applicant proceeds.

As at today, March 15, the DSS has yet to accept to be served with the court order.

Hon Akanni’s counsel, Barrister Obafemi Adewale who confirmed that the lawmaker was yet to be released,  added that the DSS officials at Ado Ekiti refused to allow him entry into their office when he went to serve the office a copy of the court’s order for his immediate release.

He described the refusal of court order by the organisation in Ekiti  State as uncalled for, saying: “When the  bailiff brought the High court order to the DSS office over the unlawful detention of Mr. Afolabi, the officials refused him entry and said they were acting under instruction from above.

“Meanwhile, the High court had ordered them (DSS) to release my client since March 11, but  up till now they refuse to even collect the court order. The DSS action in this respect is as a reminder of the military era and affront on human rights. We will have to   file an application on the matter before the High court, ” he said.

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