Court fines DSS N5million for detaining of Ekiti lawmaker

Court fines DSS N5million for detaining of Ekiti  lawmaker
April 20 20:54 2016

The Federal High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti
 has imposed a N5 million fine on the Department of
State Services for illegally arresting
and detaining a member of the
 Ekiti State House of Assembly,
 Afolabi Akanni.

Akanni who represents
 Efon Constituency 1 was  on
March 4  arrested by DSS operatives for alleged breach of
 security regulations. He was
eventually released on March 22.
Counsel to Akanni, Obafemi Adewale,
told the judge, Taiwo Taiwo that his
client could not be physically
present on Wednesday because he was still
receiving “post-traumatic”
treatment in a hospital outside the
state.

In his judgement, the
judge noted that the Respondent,
 DSS, had  failed to either
deny or defend the position, facts
and allegations of the applicant.
He said in the eyes of the law,
“there is no basis for the court to
believe that all that the applicant
had alleged against the DSS were
not true.

”
According to him, Akanni’s
fundamental rights as a citizen of
Nigeria, as specified by the
principles of the Rule of Law and
the African Charter on the Rights
of individuals, had been violated
by the DSS in illegally arresting
and detaining him for
18 days.
The court also granted three out
of the four reliefs sought by the
applicant’s counsel, which are,
“whether the applicant’s unlawful
arrest and detention is justified ,
whether the said intimidation,
torture and continued detention is
not a violation of his fundamental human
rights and a violation of the Rule of Law, and
whether the applicant’s is not entitled to
damages”.