Boko Haram 'Salkida, Bolori, Wakil seeking cheap popularity' - Group

Ahmed Salkida, Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil were declared wanted by the military over alleged connection with the Boko Haram sect.

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Stand Up Nigeria (SUN), a civil society group has accused the three persons declared wanted by the Nigerian army in connection with the missing Chibok girls of seeking cheap popularity by creating public outrage against the military.

Ahmed Salkida, Ahmed U. Bolori and Aisha Wakil were declared wanted by the military over alleged connection with Boko Haram after the sect released a new video showing some of the abducted girls.

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Aisha Wakil

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SUN executive director of Communication, Justina Arubi while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, said such antics must be condemned by professional bodies which any of the trio is claiming affiliation to.

She accused the trio of supporting the terrorists instead of carrying out their jobs as journalist, negotiators and activists.

She said from their antecedents, Salkida had overstepped his journalistic boundaries, saying if he has no affiliation with the insurgents, he would have as a matter of national security divulge the information available to him to security agencies.

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Ahmad Salkida, a journalist, has ties with Boko Haram

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Arubi alleged that these wanted persons were behind the series of Boko Haram negotiation scams that cost Nigerians billions of naira under former President Goodluck Jonathan.

"Since they were declared wanted, these Boko Haram collaborators have taken to the media in their usual fashion in attempts to create public outrage against the military in the hope that this could be used to blackmail their way out having to give accounts for their relationship with the world’s most despicable terror group," she said.

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"They have immediately embarked on a media campaign to the effect that they are ready to appear before the army; that they have contributed and made so much sacrifices towards containing Boko Haram or securing the release of the girls; or that they are being persecuted.

"Similarly, their fellow members in the intellectual wing of Boko Haram had desperately tried to paint the trio as victims; paint Salkida as a journalists being vilified for his doggedness and the other two as genuine negotiators.

"Stand Up Nigeria therefore call on Nigerians, human rights activist, journalists and online community to shun any extension of solidarity to the trio of wanted Boko Haram sympathisers.

"Salkida, Wakili and Bolori have at different times confessed to knowing more than the ordinarily in terms of her association with Boko Haram," she added.

The group urged the Nigerian Army not to be distracted from their conventional military activities.