Politics Court Awards N5m Fine Against DSS For Detaining Ekiti Lawmaker



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The Federal High Court, Ado-Ekiti Division, on Wednesday ruled against the arrest and detention of a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon Afolabi Akanni, for 18 days by Department of State Services for undisclosed reasons and violation of the 1999 constitution.

According to ThisDay, the court ordered the DSS to pay a fine of N5 million to the lawmaker for the “illegal arrest and continued detention for 18 harrowing, excruciating and brain cudgeling days, without access to his lawyers and family”.


Akanni, representing Efon constituency was arrested on March 4 within the premises of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and whisked to Abuja by men of the DSS, where he was detained for 18 days before releasing him after much tension by Nigerians n the state of his health.