The Nigerian Army has declared Ahmad Salkida, the Nigerian journalist known to have exclusive access to top Boko Haram commanders, “wanted”.
The Nigerian military also sought after Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil.
A statement issued by Colonel Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, revealed that the trio have been declared wanted because they are in possession of information on the conditions and the exact location of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.
NIGERIAN ARMY DECLARES AHMED SALKIDA (AMBASSADOR) AHMED U BOLORI AND AISHA WAKIL WANTEDhttps://t.co/cGkH2ptoHa
— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) August 14, 2016
The Army said its action is based on relevant laws.
The statement read: “The trio have been declared wanted because they are in possession of information on the conditions and the exact location of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in 2014.”
“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 terrorist 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.
“They must, therefore, come forward and tell us where the group is keeping the Chibok Girls and other abducted persons to enable us to rescue them.”
The Army called on the general public to provide information on the whereabouts of the wanted persons, adding that it is working with other security agencies for their arrest if they fail to turn up.
Salkida is a prominent Nigerian journalist who has remained a credible source of information about Boko Haram activities.
He is currently on self-imposed exile.