Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested the Peoples Democratic Party campaign spokesman in Kaduna State, Ben Bako.
Bako, who is a former information commissioner in the state under the PDP administration, was reportedly arrested on Saturday night and taken to Abuja.
Though no reason was cited for his arrest, it may not be unconnected with a video of Bako making inciting comments against members of the APC during campaign in the state.
Reacting to the development, the deputy director of the PDP campaign council, Danjuma Sarki, who confirmed the arrest, called for the immediate release of the spokesman.
Addressing a press conference at the campaign office of the party on Sunday, Sarki said Bako was invited to the office of the Department of State Service, only for him to be whisked away to Abuja later in the day.
He expressed concern over the neutrality of some of the security agencies in the state, noting that heads of security agencies that are seen to have compromised should be redeployed.
Sarki said: “As a law abiding citizen with nothing to fear or hide, Mr. Bako dutifully honoured the invitation of the DSS after informing many members of the campaign team.
“He was kept incommunicado for several hours and finally whisked to Abuja in the late hours of last night (Saturday).”
While calling on local and international observers to take special interest in Kaduna before, during and after the election, Sarki said that PDP was committed to violence-free polls.
He added that no amount of intimidation would deter the party from protecting members’ rights to vote in the Saturday poll.