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Court orders DSS to pay Ekiti Lawmaker N5m for illegal detention

The Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti has ordered the Department of State Services to pay a member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Afolabi Akanni, five million naira damages for his illegal arrest.

The court condemned his arrest and continued detention for eighteen harrowing, excruciating and brain cudgeling days, without access to his lawyers and family.

In his judgment, Justice Taiwo Taiwo said the DSS, had all along failed to either deny or defend the position, facts and allegations of the applicant.

According to him, in the eyes of the law, there is no basis for the court to believe that all that the applicant alleged against the DSS were not true.

In line with that, he said Mr. 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, has been violated by the DSS for illegally arresting and continually detaining him for eighteen days.

The court determined three of the four issues raised by the applicant in his favour.

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