Reports had it that Salkida was arrested on Monday upon arrival in Abuja from the UAE.
Reports had it that Salkida was arrested on Monday, September 5, 2016, upon arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
He made the denial via a statement released on Wednesday, September 7. It reads:
“In response to the demand by Nigerian security authorities for me to clear my name, I flew into Abuja on Monday, 5th September. Contrary to reports, I was not arrested. I had very engaging conversations with officers.”
“The atmosphere was mutually respectful. The discussions opened useful insights that are benefiting to both sides on the discussion table. I wish to thank most especially family friends & professional colleagues who believed & trusted that my outputs have only solely been driven by professional considerations.”
“And to those who never believed, who have used hate, threats and intimidation, I thank you also. Finally, let me make it clear that my commitment and professional obligations is strong, I am not about to shift grounds professionally. My commitment and professional obligations to Nigeria remain unshaken and undiminished. I am now working on my next exclusive report.”
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Salkida was declared wanted by the Nigerian Army in August after Boko Haram released a video showing some of the abducted Chibok girls.