Why Mama Boko Haram, two others were declared wanted – Military explains

The nation’s military on Tuesday explained why the Army declared Aisha Wakil, popularly known as ‘Mama Boko Haram’; a journalist, Ahmed Salkida; and Ahmed Bolori wanted, clarifying that it is not arresting them as is being construed in some quarters.

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The Director of Defence Information Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar stated this while delivering a lecture tagged “Media-Military relationship in the fight against insurgency”, in Abuja during the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Correspondent Chapel 2016 activities to mark its one year in office.

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While stressing that the military is not just out to declare people wanted, he disclosed that the three wanted persons were invited to “shed more light on the Boko Haram insurgency since they know what we do not know”. He enjoined Nigerians not to be sentimental about the three people declared wanted.

According to Abubakar, “The military in the last seven years has been engaged in the fight against insurgency; a lot has happened and we are calculating as whatever we do or planning to do is not just for doing sake, it must have some national interest.

“We cannot just declare people wanted; it is for a purpose. The more sentimental you become, the more you hinder investigation.

“Just as we released whoever was innocent in the past, we are not arresting them but inviting them to shed more light.”

According to Abubakar, “The military in the last seven years has been engaged in the fight against insurgency; a lot has happened and we are calculating as whatever we do or planning to do is not just for doing sake, it must have some national interest.

“We cannot just declare people wanted; it is for a purpose. The more sentimental you become, the more you hinder investigation.

“Just as we released whoever was innocent in the past, we are not arresting them but inviting them to shed more light.”

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7 Comments

  1. Just tell the fools that having spoken with them in the past on this very important issue you misplaced their phone numbers(?) or why declaring them wanted in the news? Was it just to make noise and let your boss think you are on top of the issue? Two of them even showed up and nothing to discuss with them immefiately!!! Really working hard Nigeria style. This is not an intelligent or interesting game with kids lives. This is sad.

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