Salkida Arrested At Abuja Airport


One of the three people wanted for alleged knowledge of Boko Haram and the whereabouts of over 200 Chibok girls, Ahmed Salkida,  was yesterday arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The journalist, who has a good knowledge of the Boko Haram sect, after covering their activities for a while, was taken from the door of the aircraft by members of the security forces immediately he arrived aboard an Emirates flight EK 785 from the United Arab Emirates.

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


She said she recognised 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 State Security Service (SSS) was aware of his coming.

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

The woman also quoted Salkida to have said he did not know the whereabouts of Boko Haram leaders or Chibok girls 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.