In the early hours of Saturday, August 13, the Boko Haram terrorist group released a video showing some of the abducted Chibok girls.
On the other hand, the Nigerian army issued a statement where it stated that some persons have been declared wanted. The reason for calling for the heads of these people may not be unconnected to the issue of the Chibok girls who are in captivity of the insurgents.
Ahmed Sakilda (Ambassador), one of the wanted men, was nicknamed in some quarters as the voice of Boko Haram. Before the army issued the statement explaining why the three men have been declared wanted, the Defence Headquarters issued a statement that it was studying the latest video from Boko Haram group, purporting to show some of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.
The statement released by the army came with the title, ‘Nigerian army declares Ahmed Salkida (Ambassador), Ahmed U Bolori and Aisha Wakil wanted’ and is given below:
The world is quite aware of the abduction of several persons; women, children and men, including the female students of Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno State Nigeria by Boko Haram Terrorists group. Consequently, appeal was made for their unconditional release by the Federal Government. The military also made concerted efforts to rescue them. We also appealed to Nigerians that have any information to volunteer to the military or security agencies to enable us rescue them.
However, two recent incidents have pointed to the fact that, there are three individuals namely; Ahmed Salkida, (Ambassador) Ahmed U. Bolori and Aisha Wakil that have information on the conditions and the exact location of these girls. Therefore, the Nigerian Army hereby declare the two gentlemen and the lady wanted for interrogation. 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 terrorists activities. This become necessary as a result of their link with the last two videos released by Boko Haram Terrorists and other findings of our preliminary investigations.
There is no doubt that these individuals have links with Boko Haram Terrorists and have contacts with them. They must therefore come forward and tell us where the group is keeping the Chibok Girls and other abducted persons to enable us rescue them. We are therefore calling on all Nigerians and peace loving people to give us useful information on their whereabouts. We are also liaising with other security agencies for their arrest if they failed to turn up. You are please requested to kindly disseminate this information to the public through your medium. Thank you for your kind and usual cooperation. Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman Acting Director Army Public Relations.