From his haven in Dubai, Ahmad Salkida, wanted by Nigeria’s military authorities in connection with the Boko Haram kidnapping of Chibok schoolgirls, says he will return for interrogations ‘in the coming days’.
But in the same breath he made his return uncertain when he also said it will be hastened if the military ‘sends him a ticket’.
Salkida, a freelance journalist, with Twitter account @contactSalkida and a blog www.salkida.com was declared wanted on Sunday by Nigeria’s military authorities, following his release of the Boko Haram video of kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls. He was also linked with with an earlier Boko Haram video.
According to a statement by army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman, Salkida, Ahmed Bolori and a lady, Aisha Wakil, also linked with the videos, know the whereabouts of the Chibok girls and also maintain ties with Boko Haram.
“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,” Colonel Usman said.
But Salkida claimed his access to Boko Haram has been on a professional ground as a journalist and that his ‘allegiance and sacrifice’ to the Federal Government of Nigeria, “is self evident’, having been invited home by Federal agencies several times to help facilitate the release of the girls.
Salkida was invited by the Jonathan administration in 2014 and also said he has been invited three times since May 2015 by the Buhari administration.
Sources close to the army hinted however that if Salkida fails to surrender himself, Nigeria may explore his extradition from the United Arab Emirates, where he lives, at the moment.
*Read Salkida’s full statement here:Ahmad Salkida’s response to Wanted Notice