Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly are appealing to international organisations to assist them secure the release of four of their members presently being detained by men of the Department of State Service.
Bearing placards with various inscription, the lawmakers expressed worries over the continued detention of their colleagues, describing the action as unjust.
They took their protest to the embassy of the United States and the residence of the British ambassador in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Honourable Gboyega Aribishop explained how the security agents abducted the four lawmakers.
He said: “The DSS came to our office with guns, shooting sporadically in the air in the last two weeks. They abducted four of our members and up till now, we have not seen them.
“They did not allow them to have access to their lawyers, they did not allow them to have access to their drugs, the doctors cannot see them, (and) the families cannot call them. This should not happen in a democracy (and) that is why we are here to plead with the international communities to help us stop this type of dictatorial tendencies coming from the DSS. One of our members has actually been confirmed to be with them (while) three are not seen”.
Honourable Aribishop lamented that there was no communication about the offence the lawmaker has committed, adding that he had not been charged.
Speaking to reporters, the Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Honourable Kola Oluwawole, insisted that the “Ekiti State House of Assembly remains united”.
“We cannot be intimidated (and) we cannot be induced to impeach the Governor.
“Governor Ayodele Fayose was duly elected in a transparent election that has been adjudged as one of the best elections eve held in Nigeria and commended by international observers,” he said.