Police Arrest Ahmed Salkida Declared Wanted By Military

Ahmed-SalkidaOne of the individuals placed on wanted list by the Nigerian Army for alleged link with Boko Haram terrorist group, Ahmed Salkida, has been arrested in Abuja, security source said on Monday.

The journalist, who released a Boko Haram video showing abducted Chibok girls from Nigeria’s northeast, was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja, the nation’s capital city.

A source at the Airport told Channels Television that Nigeria secret police officials, who arrested him were aware of his arrival from Dubai through the passengers’ manifest usually sent by airlines to their destinations.

The source said he was arrested at about 4:30p.m. local time by operatives at the tarmac of the airport and had been taken into custody by the security agency.

After the video of the abducted girls was made public, the Nigerian army declared Salkida and two others wanted in connection with the video.

Spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the suspects, Salkida, (Ambassador) Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil had information on the conditions and the exact location of these girls.

The girls were abducted on April 14, 2014 from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, while they were preparing for their Secondary School Certificate examinations.

Their abduction triggered wide protests across nations, with a slogan, “Bring Back Our Girls”.

Giving reasons for declaring them wanted, Colonel Usman said that two recent incidents had pointed to the fact that the suspects were connected to the terrorist group.

In his reaction to the declaration by the army, Mr Salkida, who was not in Nigeria at that time, said that he was prepared to return to Nigeria and had indeed kick started the process to honour the invitation.

Carrying Out Professional Duties

In a statement issued days after he was declared wanted, Mr Salkida said that the army knew he was not in Nigeria prior to being declared wanted.

He pointed out that his return home would be quickened if the government could fund his trip.

Salkida added that the army was declaring him wanted for simply carrying out his professional duties as a journalist, stressing that he does most of his work with ‘total allegiance and sacrifice to the Federal Republic of Nigeria’.

“Clearly, my status as a Nigerian journalist, who has reported extensively, painstakingly and consistently on the Boko Haram menace in the country since 2006 is an open book known to Nigerians and the international community,” he said.

The other persons that were declared wanted had turned themselves in for questioning.

 

Wakil Says Boko Haram Ready For Peace

Boko Haram video, Chibok girls, Ahmed Salkida ,Aisha WakilOne of the individuals who were recently questioned by the military over their closeness to Boko Haram, Mrs Aisha Wakil, has revealed that the group is ready for negotiation with the Nigerian government over the release of the Chibok girls.

Mrs Wakil in an interview with the Nation Online said she had been piling pressure on the Boko Haram leaders to release the girls and other captives, adding that the group might soon make an announcement on the issue.

Mrs Wakil was recently declared wanted by the military, alongside one Ahmed Bolori and Belgium-based Nigerian journalist Ahmed Salkida, over their links with the terrorist group and the release of the latest video of the Chibok girls.

While Mrs Wakil and Mr Bolori voluntarily reported to the authorities and were granted bail almost days after, Mr Salkida expressed willingness to return to the country to prove his innocence of the allegation.

Wakil had, after she was declared wanted, insisted that she had been fighting for peace long before the Chibok girls were kidnapped and was well known to the security operatives.

”I have had meetings with (the) Chief of Army Staff and his people.

“I told them the way forward, to allow me come with some commanders of Boko Haram and discuss with them and present the release of CBGS.

“But they chose to do things their own ways only and never gave considerations to any of my suggestions,” she said in a statement.

Boko Haram New Video: Wanted Journalist Salkida, Wakili Claim Innocence

Chibok-Girls-Boko-Haram-new-videoTwo of the persons declared wanted by the Nigerian Army for alleged link with Boko Haram have expressed shock at the decision, insisting that they are innocent.

Mr Ahmed Salkida, who is a journalist and Aisha Wakil were declared wanted and invited for questioning by the Nigerian Army on Sunday hours after a new video of the abducted Chibok girls was released by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The army believes they have a knowledge of where the girls could be two years after they were taken from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, a community in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

In his reaction to the declaration by the army, Mr Salkida, who is not in Nigeria at the moment, said that he was prepared to return to Nigeria and had indeed kick started the process to honour the invitation.

Carrying Out Professional Duties

A statement issued by Mr Salkida on Monday said that the army knew he was not in Nigeria prior to being declared wanted.

He said that his return home would be quickened if the government could fund his trip.

Salkida added that the army was declaring him wanted for simply carrying out his professional duties as a journalist, stressing that he does most of his work with ‘total allegiance and sacrifice to the Federal Republic of Nigeria’.

“Clearly, my status as a Nigerian journalist, who has reported extensively, painstakingly and consistently on the Boko Haram menace in the country since 2006 is an open book known to Nigerians and the international community,” he said.

Under Pressure

In the meantime, the other person declared wanted by the army, Aisha Wakil, has also claimed she was innocent.

Mrs Wakili insisted that she had been fighting for peace long before the Chibok girls were kidnapped and was well known to the security operatives.

She wondered why she was being declared missing since she did not have a shady character.

”I have had meetings with (the) Chief of Army Staff and his people.

“I told them the way forward, to allow me come with some commanders of Boko Haram and discuss with them and present the release of CBGS.

“But they chose to do things their own ways only and never gave considerations to any of my suggestions,” she said in a statement.

Wakili noted that the development had put her immediate and extended family under a lot of pressure, adding that she does not deserve such from the Nigerian government.

Army Declares Journalist, Others Wanted Over Links With Boko Haram Video

Army, Nigeria, Boko Haram chibok girlsThe Nigerian Army has declared three persons wanted in connection with the latest video of the abducted Chibok girls released by Boko Haram on Sunday.

Spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the suspects, Ahmed Salkida, (Ambassador) Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil had information on the conditions and the exact location of these girls.

They were abducted on April 14, 2014 from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, while they were preparing for their Secondary School Certificate examinations.

Colonel Usman said that two recent incidents had pointed to the fact that the suspects were connected to the terrorist group.

He said: “The Nigerian Army hereby declare the two gentlemen and the lady wanted for interrogation.

“We are relying on the relevant laws of the land and in particular the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 (as amended) where Nigerians could be punished for failure to disclose information about terrorists or terrorists’ activities.

“This become necessary as a result of their link with the last two videos released by Boko Haram Terrorists and other findings of our preliminary investigations”.

Ahmed Salkida is a journalist and the member of the Boko Haram that spoke in the video said they do not speak with the government except journalists. His inclusion in the list of the wanted persons is not unconnected with the statement.

New Video Of Chibok Girls

The army also urged Nigerians to provide useful information on their whereabouts.

Colonel Usman said that the military was also liaising with other security agencies for their arrest if they failed to turn up.

The Boko Haram had earlier on Sunday released a new video of the Chibok Girls.

It showed some girls they claimed were the schoolgirls they abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

News of the video release first emerged on Twitter, with Nigerian Blogger, Ahmed Salkida, claiming it was sent to him by the Abubakar Shekau faction of the Boko Haram.

Since the abduction of the over 200 girls, the Nigerian government has appealed for their unconditional release but the terrorists group said they had been married off.

The military has also made concerted efforts to rescue them, with several appeals made to Nigerians with any information to volunteer to the military or security agencies to enable them rescue the girls.

After their abduction in April 2014, several protests were launched in different countries, with a ‘Bring Back Our Girl’ demand.

Less than 10 of the girls have been rescued since their abduction.