The Nigerian Army on Sunday identified three persons – Ahmed Salkida, a journalist, Aisha Wakili and Ahmed U. Bolori – as those that can provide information that will lead to the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls.
The Army subsequently declared the three individuals wanted in a statement signed by Sani Usman, its Acting Director of Information.
The declaration of the three individuals wanted by the Army followed the release of a video early Sunday showing scores of the abducted girls.
One of the girls in the video appealed to government to release Boko Haram militants in detention to enable the terrorists to free them.
The video was posted by Salkida, the journalist who Boko Haram also mentioned as their negotiator in the video.
The full statement by the Nigerian Army reads: “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.”