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Ahmed Salkida
Ahmed Salkida

Ahmed Salkida, one of the three people declared wanted by the Nigerian Army, for allegedly violating the anti-terrorism law of the country, has been taken into custody.

Sakilda was arrested on Monday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, took him into custody as soon as he showed up at the door of the Emirates flight EK 785.

A passenger seated next to Salkida during the journey informed SaharaReporters that Salkida was nervous throughout the flight.

She said she recognized the journalist from photos posted on the Internet and engaged him in conversation throughout the seven-hour flight.

She said Salkida told her that he expected to be arrested upon arrival because he was traveling with an Emergency Travel Certificate, ETC, and that the SSS was aware of his coming.

He expressed fear that he would not be given a fair trial and accused the government of pronouncing him guilty without trial.

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Salkida further told the passenger that he did not know the whereabouts of Boko Haram leaders or Chibok girls.

However, he admitted to receiving two video clips from Boko Haram before they were released to the public.

He said Boko Haram had confidence in his objectivity as an investigative journalist, having previously interviewed Mohammed Yusuf, the founding leader of Boko Haram.

Sakilda had expressed surprise that the army declared him wanted since they knew how to reach him if they wanted him.

Moreover, he claimed he was never invited by the army to defend himself on any allegation before he was declared wanted.

He had also raised concerns that the military was witch-hunting him and wrongly assumed that he was behind the report on the purchase of two properties in Dubai by the Chief of Army Staff, General Yusuf Buratai.

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