Chibok girls: DSS grants Salkida bail

The Department of the State Services has released a detained journalist, Ahmad Salkida, believed to have contacts with Boko Haram leaders.

A security source told our correspondent on the condition of anonymity that Salkida was granted an administrative bail on Tuesday evening.

It was gathered that his interrogators decided to release him on bail with the realisation that he had been helpful in the area of promoting  national security in the past.

He was also said to be passionate about resolving the Boko Haram crisis and stabilising the North-East geopolitical zone.

Salkida was also said to have been invited because of breakdown of communication between the security agencies.

The source said, “It is true that Ahmad Salkida has been released by the DSS. He was granted an administrative bail by the security outfit as he would be expected to report to the outfit whenever he is needed.

“He is still in the country and would leave after perfecting the necessary things for him to be able to go to his base in Dubai.

“I think the security agencies felt that he had been helpful in the past and there seems to be some communication gaps somewhere.”

Operatives of the DSS had arrested Salkida at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Monday.

The journalist had arrived Abuja from Dubai to respond to an invitation by security agencies in connection with the location of the missing Chibok girls.

The Nigerian Army had declared Salkida, Ahmed Bolori and Mrs. Aisha Wakil, wanted for allegedly hoarding information on the location of the Chibok girls.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, had said that Salkida and the others were declared wanted in relation to two recent video clips released by the Boko Haram sect.

Our correspondent contacted Usman for his comment on the Salkida’s invitation, arrest and release, he could not comment on it as he said was in a function.

However, he promised to return the call as soon as possible.