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PDP: “Ekiti lawmaker in DSS detention is alive but sick,” Party confirms

Afolabi Akanni

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) confirmed via Twitter that Akanni is not dead but sick.

One of the Ekiti State’s lawmakers, Afolabi Akanni, who was reported dead in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), is alive.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) confirmed via Twitter that Akanni is not dead but sick.

The Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, Youths and Sports Development, Lanre Ogunsuyi, had announced the death of the legislator at an emergency press conference today, March 17, 2016.

“Information reaching us indicates that one of the abducted members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Afolabi Akanni has died in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS),” Ogunsuyi said in a statement posted on Facebook.

However, contrary to the death news, the PDP’s tweet reads: "Afolabi Akanni, the Ekiti state assembly lawmaker in DSS custody is alive but sick."

According to Commissioner, Akanni was unlawfully arrested and detained by the DSS since March 4, 2016, and a court order directing his release since March 11 was ignored by the security agency.

He alleged that the lawmaker, representing Efon Constituency, has been denied access to his family members, doctors and lawyers.

Other lawmakers in the state who are also in DSS custody had claimed that they have been offered a bribe of $1 million to impeach the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose.

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