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Why we raised alarm over lawmaker’s possible death – Ekiti government

– The Ekiti state government has explained why it raised the alarm over possible death of Afolabi Akanni, a member of the state House of Assembly

– It also described the claim by the DSS that it detained Akanni for committing security breach as “ridiculous”

– The state government wondered why Toyin Ojo, the state commissioner for finance, was invited by the DSS

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The Ekiti state government has explained why it raised the alarm over possible death of Afolabi Akanni, a member of the state House of Assembly.

Yesterday Lanre Ogunsuyi, the information commissioner, at an emergency press conference said that the

A few hours later,  in Abuja to prove that the claim of the Ekiti state government was false.

Premium Times reports that Lere Olayinka, the special assistant to the governor on public communications and new media, cleared the air and gave the explanation while briefing journalists on Friday, March 18.

“We wish to reiterate that the state government addressed the press yesterday, based on the information available to it and since the DSS was not talking to anyone concerning the status of Hon Afolabi Akanni and others in its custody, the government had no option than to bring the disturbing information to the public domain and also call for calm among residents of the state.”

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“From the pictures of Hon. Akanni that we saw on television and published in the newspapers, it is without doubt that he is terribly sick and in need of urgent medical attention, and the disturbing information about his death could have been informed by his critical state of health. Hon. Akanni even told journalists that he slumped twice yesterday and that he was refused access to medication.

“Evidently and as even reported in the newspapers today, the Hon. Akanni paraded before the press by the DSS yesterday was very sick.

“The press reported that he could not stand on his feet and we wish to ask the DSS whether it actually wants him (Akanni) to die!” the statement read in part.

Olayinka described the claim by the DSS that it detained Akanni for committing security breach and that it was not aware of a court order on his release as “ridiculous and open display of contempt for the rule of law”.

“If truly the DSS has facts and evidences that Hon. Akanni committed offence of security breach, why not charge him to court and prosecute him with the facts and evidences before the service? Or is the DSS waiting for Hon. Akanni to supply evidences with which he will be prosecuted?” he wondered.

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Olayinka also wondered why Toyin Ojo, the state commissioner for finance, was invited by the DSS.

“For clarity, Chief Toyin Ojo was asked by the DSS investigators how much was refunded to Ekiti state by the federal government on federal roads constructed/rehabilitated by the state government and how ecological fund released to the state was spent. He was also asked how Governor Ayodele Fayose election was funded. How are these issues related to the security of Nigeria? What is the business of the DSS with the finances of Ekiti state?” he asked.

Commenting on the invasion of the state House of assembly, to surrender governance to political desperadoes.

He also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of using the DSS to oppress and harass Nigerians.

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