ABUJA, Nigeria — On August 14, 2016, three journalists have been declared as wanted by the Nigerian Army for having close connections to Boko Haram (Jama’atu Ahli Sunaah Li-Da’awati Wal-Jihad). The allegations come shortly after the release of a video that shows many of the schoolgirls who were abducted by the Islamic militants in 2014. .
Ahmed Salkida, Aisha Wakil, and Ahmed Bolori have been declared wanted since Sunday afternoon, August 14, by the Nigerian Army. The three journalists cover Boko Haram’s activities in the northern part of the country. Wakil waas also part of negotiation team for talks with Boko Haram, arranged by the last administration.
Ahmed Bolori told ArmedPolitics this afternoon: “What kind of system is this, that you’ll be declared wanted without being informed? Besides, I don’t know what crime I’ve committed! Whatever the case, I have contacted the Army to provide a venue, and they have yet to respond, as expected.”
The search for the three journalists might be linked to a video that was posted early Sunday morning by Ahmed Salkida, who for a longtime had access to Boko Haram; the video indicates that many of the 2014 abducted schoolgirls are currently housed in the Sambisa forest, an hideout far from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
In the video, the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, proposed that the abducted schoolgirls would be freed if the Federal Government releases his fighters, who have been held for months in various prisons across Lagos, Abuja, Maiduguri and other parts of the country.
Journalists covering security activities in Borno state, the stronghold of Boko Haram, have ago been warned for a couple of years to submit their reports to the Headquarters of the Nigerian Army for vetting before broadcast.
Adedayo Osho is a Political Scientist and Journalist. Twitter: @Jahpolitical