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Court Orders DSS To Release Afolabi Akanni

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Akanni’s prayers were answered by the court which ordered the DSS to produce Akanni in court on Wednesday and show cause why he should not be released.

Detained member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly,Afolabi Akanni, has won the right to be released and not re-arrested by the men of the Department of State Services.

According to a report by Punch Newspaper, a Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti ordered the DSS to release the detained lawmaker from detention and be produced in court on March 16, 2016.

Akanni’s prayers were answered by the court which ordered the DSS to produce Akanni in court on Wednesday and show cause why he should not be released.

The release is coming after an exparte motion filed by Akanni’s lawyers, Obafemi Adewale and Bunmi Olugbade, seeking the enforcement of the lawmaker’s fundamental human rights in line with Section 35 (1) of the 1999 Constitution.

“I want the applicant, Afolabi Akanni, to be produced in this court in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, March 16 by DSS and show cause why he is being detained or cannot be released.

“Section 35 (4), (5), C and D of the 1999 Constitution and order (4) Rule (4) of the fundamental civil procedure rule show the conditions that must be met before a person can be arrested and detained and this has not been met.

“The averment in the applicant’s affidavit contends that issue of liberty requires expeditious trial because it involves life and that every society is governed by the rule of law, which shows that everything must be done according to the law and there should be no arbitrariness,” Justice Taiwo Taiwo ruled.

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Akanni, who is representing Efon constituency at the state assembly, was arrested on Friday, March 4, 2016 by the DSS.

Source: pulse.ng


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