Afolabi Akanni, the Ekiti state house assembly lawmaker whom the state government claimed had died in the custody of the Department of State Services, has been produced to journalists by the service.
It has been confirmed that he is alive, but weak, apparently from ill-health.
At the DSS headquarters he was asked, “Are you Afolabi Akanni?”
He replied: “Yes”
Speaking to journalists, Abdullahi Garba of the DSS, said that Akanni was arrested for some serious breaches bordering on state security.
“You may have been aware of the recent situation in Ekiti state in which the DSS was accused of abducting the state assembly legislators.
“The fact is that one of the members of the assembly Hon Akanni Afolabi was duly invited by the service over some serious breaches bordering on state security, and for which he has some explanations to make. These breaches fall under the purview of the DSS to investigate.
“This press conference has become necessary in order to debunk a rumour which is being dangerously spread in Ekiti state by some mischief makers to the effect that Afolabi has died in custody. Nigerians and Ekiti people in particular are convinced to see that Afolabi is hale and hearty as he is being presented to the press today.”