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A member of the House of Assembly, Hon. Afolabi Afolabi Akanni , who was arrested by men of the Department of State Services recently, on Thursday arrived in Ekiti, promising that his incarceration would further reinforce his loyalty to Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Akanni, who represents Efon constituency, was arrested on March 4 by DSS and had since been detained in Abuja until he was released on Tuesday after spending 18 days in custody.
Another arrested state official and ex-special assistant on revenue to the governor, Mr Ropo Ogunjobi, was also in the state with Fayose.
Fayose, came in company of the two ex-detainees aboard a chopper marked 5N-BRL at about 3.38pm and landed at Christ’s School playing groundin Ado Ekiti, where they were welcomed by mammoth crowd, comprising members of the House of assembly, led by the speaker, Hon Kola Oluwawole.
Akanni, while addressing the crowd said his arrest and detention had further fortified his loyalty for Fayose , describing the governor as a reliable leader.
“What manner of democracy are we practising? How can DSS invaded a House of Assembly and arrested a lawmaker with intention to impeach a governor? They even came without a warrant of arrest. Is this democracy?
“Is it an offence to be loyal or honest to a governor? Fayose is our leader and I can’t betray him. Ekiti people must stand behind him. Mr governor, I am assuring you that I will always stand by you”, he assured.
Ogunjobi revealed that the DSS during interrogation accused him of laundering a sum of N22 billion being amount paid on federal roads to Ekiti by the federal government into Fayose’s accounts, which he described as a blatant lie.
“They even said I helped Fayose to launder another N1.3 billion out of the N2.5 billion ecological fund released to the state. I said all these were lies. I can’t lie against Mr Governor”.