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Nigeria military denies arresting Ahmed Salkida


A report by Sahara Reporters claiming Ahmed Salkida, a journalist declared wanted by the military over alleged connections to Boko Haram militants, was arrested yesterday seems to be false.

DHQ spokesman, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar told Daily Trust that the military has no knowledge of Salkida’s arrest as at the time its report was published last night.

Sahara Reporters had reported that Salkida was arrested from the door of the Emirates Flight EK785 aircraft that brought him to Abuja by security forces.

Salkida was declared wanted by the army alongside two others after a recent release of a video showing abducted Chibok schoolgirls in custody of Boko Haram.

Salkida had said that he was not on the run and would make himself available to the security forces as soon as he was able to get flight ticket to Nigeria.

Last month, he blamed the Nigerian authorities for refusing to renew his passport at the Nigerian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates for fear that he would run away to an unknown destination.

The army had later explained that the three persons declared wanted were being invited to explain what they knew and not for any sinister purpose.


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