Salihu ‘Dawisu’ Yakasai, the sacked media aide to Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has been released from the custody of the Department of State Services.
A brother to Yakasai, Abdullahi, made this known via his Twitter handle.
“Alhamdulilah. My brother @dawisu is out. Thank you all! #freedawisu,” Abdullahi tweeted.
Many Nigerians on social media had condemned the arrest of Yakasai hours after criticising the President Muhammadu Buhari, over the rise in school kidnappings.
Money Central had reported that Yakasai, who was until Saturday afternoon, a media aide to Ganduje was arrested by the Department of State Services on Friday.
Though the DSS in Kano State initially denied arresting Yakasai, DSS headquarters in Abuja confirmed that the sacked media aide was in its custody.
The agency’s spokesman, Peter Afunanya, while confirming Salihu’s detention, denied that the former aide’s arrest was connected to his criticism of the Buhari regime.
“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,” he had said in a statement.
The aide had called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to either deal with bandits in the country or resign.
The embattled media aide was sometimes 2020 suspended from office for several weeks having earlier criticised Buhari over his failure to tackle the security challenges bedeviling the country.