Dubai-based Ahmad Salkida and two others have been declared wanted by Nigeria’s military authorities, over their suspected ties with Boko Haram.
The declaration follows the release today of a new video by Boko Haram. The video was released on YouTube by Salkida via his Twitter account: @contactSalkida. It shows a hooded Boko Haram terrorist, in the midst of scores of Chibok Schoolgirls, offering the girls as pawns in exchange for arrested Boko Haram terrorists. The hooded terrorist also claimed that some of the girls had been killed in air strikes by Nigeria’s air force and that 40 of them had been given out in marriage.
The Nigerian military in a statement appealed to Nigerians that have any information to volunteer to the military or security agencies “to enable us rescue” the Chibok girls.
Simultaneously, the military announced a manhunt for Salkida and co.
Said Colonel Sani Usman, army spokesman: “two recent incidents have pointed to the fact that, there are three individuals namely; Ahmed Salkida, (Ambassador) Ahmed U. Bolori and Aisha Wakil that have information on the conditions and the exact location of these girls.
“Therefore, 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 becomes necessary as a result of their link with the last two videos released by Boko Haram terrorists and other findings of our preliminary investigations.
“There is no doubt that these individuals have links with Boko Haram Terrorists and have contacts with them. They must, therefore, come forward and tell us where the group is keeping the Chibok Girls and other abducted persons to enable us rescue them.
“We are therefore calling on all Nigerians and peace loving people to give us useful information on their whereabouts. We are also liaising with other security agencies for their arrest if they failed to turn up”.
From his Dubai base, Salkida was invited to Nigeria in May 2014 to participate in negotiations with the sect, under former President Goodluck Jonathan. The talks collapsed over the exchange of prisoners.