Salkida, wanted Nigerian journalist arrested

 Chidi Samuel

Ahmed Salkida one of the three individuals declared wanted  by the Nigerian Army for alleged link with Boko Haram terrorist group, was on monday  arrested in Abuja, following his arrival in the country from the United Arab Emirate on board Emirate Airlines at about 4.30pm.

Salkida, a journalist with over ten decade experience covering the Boko Haran insurgency was declared wanted immediately after he released the video of the abducted Chibok girls from Nigeria’s northeast, which was sent to him by his contacts within the insurgent group last month.

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

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

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 but urged that the process will be faster if a return ticket would be provided for him by the Army.

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