As a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Afolabi Akanni regained freedom from the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, last Friday; the state assembly has advised its members not to honour any invitation from the security agency for their safety.
Aside Akanni, the Assembly announced that its three other members: Musa Arogundade, Badejo Anifowose and Sina Animasaun, who had gone underground since March 4 when some DSS operatives allegedly invaded the assembly complex have resurfaced from hiding and are now reunited with members for legislative duties.
The Assembly, at a press conference in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, said the manner in which Akanni was detained for18 days without any cogent reason, gave credence to the widespread insinuation that the agency was being allegedly used by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to forcefully impeach Fayose.
The Speaker, Hon Kola Oluwawole said the House has resolved that members should shun any invitation from DSS, saying they heard it from the grapevine that the security agency is still after some of his colleagues over spurious allegations.
He said: “We are lawmakers and not law breakers. If the DSS has started on a good note, we would have cooperated. But going by the questions posed to Hon. Akanni during interrogation that why was he resisting Fayose’s impeachment shows that they have a sinister motive.
“We have collectively resolved that based on that suspicion, we may not be able to honour any invitation by DSS because of our safety”.
A speech read by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. Gboyega Aribisogan, praised the National Assembly, traditional rulers and concerned Nigerians for their swift response, leading to the release of Hon Akanni.
Aribisogan advised the DSS to stop subjecting the lawmakers to unnecessary trauma , saying what they were made to pass through during the trying period didn’t portray Nigeria as a democratic and civilized nation.
“The three members and some governor’s aides had to go into hiding when it became obvious that the DSS was desperately after them too and their fear became further heightened when the DSS refused to obey an order of the court for the immediate release of Hon. Akanni,” he stated.