The State Security Service, (SSS), on Friday arrested an aide to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, hours after he criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of Nigeria’s security crisis, according to a Kano government official.
Salihu Tanko-Yakasai was taken into custody shortly after his Twitter post condemning Friday’s abduction of Zamfara schoolgirls went viral on-line. His arrest was not immediately disclosed, prompting friends to take to social media to raise concerns about his whereabouts on Saturday morning.
An SSS official in Kano told newsmen that Tanko-Yakasai was arrested while returning from the mosque on Friday afternoon, adding that the governor was yet to be informed about the development.
“Alhamdulillah! We just confirmed @dawisu is at DSS office,” a Kano government spokesman also said on Twitter Saturday morning, injecting immediate calm into initial apprehension palpable across the microblogging platform. “@dawisu was arrested and taken to Abuja from kano. #FreeDawisu now!”, another friend said.
A spokesman for the Police in Kano said the matter had not been reported. Also, a spokesman for the SSS did not immediately return a request seeking comments this Saturday morning.
Tanko-Yakasai, who has worked as Ganduje’s media handler since 2015, was suspended from office for several weeks last year after criticising President Buhari over insecurity.