Senator Abdulaziz Yari, who had been kept in detention by the Department of State Security (DSS) has been released.
Reports reaching Opiopio.ng indicates that Yari who was arrested on Thursday was released on Saturday night by the DSS.
Yari was allegedly arrested for arrested on allegations of ignoring phone calls from President Bola Tinubu during the tussle for the office of the Senate President.
Yari eventually lost the race for the Senate President to Godswill Akpabio, who is an ex-Governor of Akwa Ibom State
He had also been accused of planning with some of his associates to challenge outcome of the senate election in court, citing several irregularities in the process. This particular move would be sure to be frowned upon by the new administration that is struggling to find its feet and still has election petition cases pending at the Presidential Elections Petitions Tribunal. Allowing Yari to form an opposition within the APC would be a distraction definitely which the new administration would definitely want to avoid.
The Senate Presidency was hard fought with the key contestants belonging to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The party hierarchy had zoned the position to the South-South region of the party but Yari and his associates insisted on contesting the position and going against the party zoning policy.
That singular act and his persistence in avoiding counsel from the party would most likely have rubbed off badly at some in the party hierarchy.
He was allegedly invited to the DSS office by the Director General, Yusuf Bichi and was detained after arguing that his political moves could not be determined by the President.
It is not clear if Senator Yari would be charged with any offences but his moves particularly in the Senate is certainly guaranteed to be more scrutinized by the leading members of the APC.