Ahmad Salkida, the Nigerian journalist declared wanted by the Nigerian Army over Boko Haram’s latest video, on Monday said he had commenced preparations to return to the country to honour the invitation.
In a statement he released on Monday, Mr. Salkida said the Army knew he was not in the country prior to being declared wanted, adding that his journey home would be quickened if the government could fund his trip.
“The Army is aware that I am not in Nigeria presently. In the coming days I will seek to get a flight to Abuja and avail myself to the Army authorities. Indeed, my return will be hastened if the military sends me a ticket,” Mr. Salkida said.
Mr. Salkida was declared wanted alongside two others on Sunday for their alleged ties to Boko Haram sect.
Mr. Salkida, Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil allegedly committed offences that contravened the Terrorism (Prevention) Act of 2011, by not providing information about the group, the Army said in a statement by its spokesman, Sani Usman.
Mr. Usman said the three individuals were also wanted for their alleged roles in the release of Boko Haram’s recent videos.
The latest video released on Saturday showed Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the sect since 2014. The group said they would only release the girls if the government released its fighters.
One of the three persons declared wanted by the army, Mr. Bolori, said he made himself available to the military authorities but was told to wait until later before they take him in for interrogations.
Ms. Wakil also reportedly said she was in Abuja on Monday morning but the Army asked her to wait until she received an invitation to come and explain herself (Premium Times).