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DSS frees Tanko Yakassi

The State Security Service has freed Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, the former spokesman to governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje.

Mr Tanko-Yakasai’s elder brother, Umar, confirmed the development to DAILY NIGERIAN on Monday night.

“My brother has just been released by DSS. We are now driving home,” he said without further elaboration regarding the conditions of the bail.

The SSS admitted on Saturday that Mr Tanko-Yakasai was in their custody after mounting social media storm over the arrest.

The Kano State Director of the service, Alhassan Mohammed, earlier
on Saturday morning denied arresting Mr Tanko-Yakasai, describing the report as mere rumour.

But in a terse statement sent to DAILY NIGERIAN on Saturday night, spokesman for the service, Peter Afunanya, confirmed the general belief that the social media influencer was arrested by the service.

In the wake of the arrest, Mr Ganduje announced his sack over “unguarded utterances” and criticism against the ruling APC.

It can be recalled that the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, had suspended his Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, for criticising the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) in October 2020.

He was reinstated about 18 days later.

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