15 August 2016
Here are the faces of the three persons, including a woman, wanted in connection with the latest video released by Boko Haram on the abducted Chibok girls.
They are a Dubai-based journalist, Ahmed Salkida, Ahmed U. Bolori and Aisha Wakil.
Salkida had said on Sunday that he got the video posted on YouTube from his contact in the Boko Haram group.
Boko Haram insurgents abducted more than 200 girls from Chibok, Borno State, since 2014. There are reports that some of the girls have been killed, some forced into marriage with the insurgents, some dispersed in neighbouring Cameroon and Chad, while a couple of them escaped from their abductors.
Boko Haram released a video on Sunday, showing one of the insurgents standing in front of a group of girls he claimed were some of those abducted.
He threatened that Nigeria would not see the girls again unless his captured colleagues were released by government.
Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Sunday that the wanted persons have information on the conditions and the exact location of the girls.
“The Nigerian Army hereby declares 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 becomes necessary as a result of their link with the last two videos released by the 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 to rescue them,’’ Usman stated.
He called on all Nigerians and other peace-loving people to give useful information on the whereabouts of the suspects.
“We are also liaising with other security agencies for their arrest if they fail to turn up,’’ he stressed.