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SERAP demands release of sacked Ganduje’s aide Yakasai

Civil society organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, on Saturday, condemned the arrest of Salihu Tanko Yakasai, by the Department of State Services.

“We condemn the unlawful arrest of journalist Salihu Tanko Yakasai simply for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

“Nigerian authorities should stop shutting up critics. Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Mr Yakasai,” SERAP tweeted.

Yakasai, Special Adviser on Media to Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, was sacked on Saturday for criticising the All Progressives Congress and the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari over the growing insecurity in the country.

Yakasai, who is the son of elder statesman, Tanko Yakasai, was whisked away on Friday in Kano hours after he tweeted that the Buhari-regime should secure Nigerians or resign.

Nigerian Twitter has since been calling for his release with the hash tag, #FreeDawisu, trending online. The hash tag has over 32,000 tweets as of the time of filing this report.

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