Panic as DSS arrests Ganduje’s aide Salihu Yakasai hours after criticising Buhari

Panic as DSS arrests Ganduje’s aide Salihu Yakasai hours after criticising Buhari

- Security agents have arrested Governor Ganduje's aide, Salihu Tanko Yakasai

- Yakasi's arrest followed his tweet on the abduction of Zamfara school girls on Friday, February 26

- Saliu's father, Tanko Yakasai confirmed that his son was arrested by the security personnel

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Salihu Tanko Yakasai, a social media aide to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, has been arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) some hours after he criticised President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Punch reports that Yakasai had in a series of tweets on Friday, February 26, in reaction to the abduction of about 317 female students of Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara state, said the kidnappings had become too frequent. gathered that Ganduje’s aide had also said if it was under another president’s watch that the abductions had happened, there would have been more outrage in the north.

Panic as DSS arrests Ganduje’s aide Salihu Yakasai hours after criticising Buhari
DSS operatives have arrested Governor Ganduje’s aide, Salihu Yakasai hours after criticising President Buhari. Credit: @dawisu
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The report noted that hours after Yakasai’s viral tweets, it was gathered that he suddenly disappeared even as friends and relations began to panic.

The newspaper also stated that attempts to speak with the DSS Spokesman, Peter Afunaya, proved abortive as he neither responded to calls nor a text message on Saturday.

My son, Ganduje’s aide in security custody - Tanko Yakasai

Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, a northern elder statesman and father to Salihu Tanko Yakasai, has confirmed that his son (Salihu) is in security custody.

Vanguard reports that Yakasai was not specific on which of the security custody was his son detained.

In a phone interview with the newspaper on the morning of Saturday, Yakasai said his son was detained Friday, February 26, when he went to the barbing salon and was on his way back home.

Yakasi said:

“He is in the custody of security and not kidnappers. I don’t know which of the security custody now because they (security) are many.

“He was picked yesterday (Friday) when he went to cut his hair at the barbing salon when he was on his returning. But there is nothing to worry about since he is with the security and not kidnappers.”

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that there was a panic in Ibadan on Friday, February 26, when operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the Department of State Security (DSS) attempted to arrest Sunday Adeyemo, a Yoruba activist and youth leader better known as Sunday Igboho.

It was reported that in a video shared by the former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, Igboho and his boys were stopped along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway by the security operatives.


Wale Akinola is a passionate journalist and researcher. He works as a senior political/current affairs editor at He holds both B.A and Master’s degree in Communications and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan. He also holds a Diploma Certificate in Peace Journalism. He has over 15 years of work experience in both print and online media. He derives joy in keeping the public abreast of current happenings locally and internationally through his writings.


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