The Department of State Services (DSS) says Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, former media aide to Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano, is in its custody.
Peter Afunanya, DSS spokesman, who confirmed the news on Saturday evening, added that the former media aide popularly known as Dawisu on Twitter is in the agency’s custody.
“This is to confirm that Salihu Tanko-Yakasai is with the Department of State Services. He is being investigated over issues beyond the expression of opinions in the social media as wrongly alleged by sections of the public,” the statement reads.
Tanko-Yakasai’s arrest by the DSS, comes hours after he criticised the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, following the abduction of over 300 students from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara state.
“Clearly, we as [the] APC government, at all levels, have failed Nigerians in the number 1 duty we were elected to do which is to secure lives & properties. Not a single day goes by without some sort of insecurity in this land. This is a shame! Deal with terrorists decisively or resign,” he had tweeted.
There have been tension on the whereabout of the former media aide, with Nigerian social media users trending #freedawisu on Saturday.
His father, Tanko Yakasai, who is also a founding member of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), had said the DSS arrested him on his way to a barber’s shop.