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How Salkida, journalist wanted by the Army was arrested

Ahmed Salkida, one of the three person declared wanted by the Nigerian Army for alleged knowledge of Boko Haram activities was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport  in Abuja on Monday.

Salkida, who arrived the airport aboard an Emirates flight EK 785, was taken from the door of the aircraft by members of the Department of State Security (DSS).

It was gathered from a passenger who sat next to  Salkida during the journey, that the journalist was nervous throughout the flight.

The passenger, a lady,  said she recognized the journalist from photos posted on the Internet and engaged him in conversation throughout the seven-hour flight.

According to the Lady, Salkida told her that he expect the government to arrest him upon arrival because he was traveling with an Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) and that the Department of State Security (DSS) 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.

It was learnt that  Salkida further told the passenger that he does not know the whereabouts of Boko Haram leaders or the abducted girls from Chibok Secondary School in Bornu, but 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.

Salkida had last month accused the government of 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. He 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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