The Department of State Services (DSS) admitted it arrested Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a former aide to Abdullahi Ganduje, Kano State Governor on social media who was sacked on Saturday.
The DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, in a terse statement admitted that the sacked aide was in custody of the Department, adding that he was under investigation for issues beyond his remark.
“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 read.
Salihu Tanko-Yakasai was sacked by Governor Ganduje on Saturday for criticising the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), especially on their handling of insecurity in the country.
He had, in a series of tweets on Friday attacked Buhari, in reaction to the abduction of some female students of Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State.
Salihu had twitted among other things that: “Clearly, we as 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.”
Explaining the reason for Salihu’s sack, the Kano State Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said the action was taken for the aide’s “unguarded comments and utterances.”
Garba said Salihu had failed to differentiate between personal opinion and official stand on matters of public concern and therefore could not be allowed to continue to serve in a government he does not believe in.
He stated further that: “The governor also warned political appointees and public servants to guard against making statements capable of drawing superfluous controversy.
“The statement reaffirmed the commitment of Governor Ganduje to the policies and programmes of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.”