Lawmaker’s arrest: Ekiti Assembly drags DSS, FG to court


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Lawmaker’s arrest: Ekiti Assembly drags DSS, FG to court
Posted on: March 24, 2016, 05:45:20 AM
Ekiti State House of Assembly, yesterday said it has instructed its counsel to sue the Department of State Security Service over what it termed “the undemocratic, unpatriotic, dictatorial and brutish” incarceration of one of its members, Mr Afolabi Akanni, by the Department of State Services, DSS, for 18 days with neither explanation nor trial in court.

The lawmaker, who was arrested on March 4, was released on Tuesday, but information available to newsmen confirmed that he is yet to reunite with his colleagues because of his poor health.

At a press conference in Ado Ekiti, the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Kola Oluwawole, carpeted the DSS for not officially notifying the Assembly that Akanni has been released and taken to the hospital, describing this as an affront on the Assembly and the people of the state who voted them into their respective offices.

He declared that the Assembly will claim damages for the brutish and illegal way the DSS had dealt with the lawmaker .

A speech read by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon Gboyega Aribisogan, said : “DSS under President Muhammadu Buhari is becoming undemocratic, unpatriotic, dictatorial and brutish.

“Detaining Nigerians for weeks without trial is a clear return of Decree 2 , with which President Buhari hounded Nigerians into detention when he was a military dictator and we in the assembly will continue to support our leader, Mr Ayodele Fayose not minding the harassment or intimidation”.

Meantime, Governor Fayose’s plan of build an airport has suffered a setback as an Ado Ekiti High Court yesterday ruled that the forcible takeover of the land for the airport project from the farmers and the destruction of economic trees, crops and buildings were unconstitutional, unlawful, illegal, null void and of no effect.

Justice Dele Omotoso in his judgment also ordered the payment N5million as general damages to the claimants for the loss they suffered for the damage of their crops and economic trees.

Claimants are Faluyi Ayeni and 8 Others who sued for themselves and on behalf of land owners and farmers of Iwajo, Aso Ayegunle Farm Settlement along Ado-Ijan Road.

Justice Omotoso held that the purported revocation of the Right of Occupancy of the Claimants to their respective parcels of land was unconstitutional, unlawful, illegal, null and void and of no effect.