Confused Nigerian Military asks wanted man to go home
OSG reported yesterday that the Nigerian Army in a statement declared three Nigerians – Ahmed Bolori, Ahmad Salkida, Aisha Wakil – wanted over the new Boko Haram video released on Sunday.
The Army said the three refused to provide useful information to authorities despite having clear and unfettered access to the Boko haram sect and also held them responsible for the Boko Haram video that was released on Sunday.
According to an exclusive report by Premium Times, one of the man declared wanted, Ahmed Bolori, the coordinator of the Fa’ash Foundation and the Partnership Against Violent Extremism and resident of Maiduguri, reportedly turned himself in to the military in Borno State, and was reportedly asked to go home.
In a message released by Farook Kperoogi, a U.S.-based Nigerian journalism professor, Bolori reported at “the top military barracks in Maiduguri, waited for more than two hours, but there was no one to interrogate or arrest him.”
He was was later told to “go home” after spending more than two hours waiting and making frantic calls to Army hierarchy to come and detain him, having been declared wanted.
Kperoogi attached a WhatsApp conversation in which Bolori could be seen discussing with an official of the
Defence Military Intelligence about how and where he could turn himself in for interrogations, adding that
Full statement by Kperoogi;
“It is now self-evident that no one in the highest reaches of governance and security enforcement in Nigeria is thinking.
“How can you declare people “wanted” when you haven’t even invited them for questioning–and they haven’t resisted your invitation? I just got off the phone with Ambassador Ahmed Umar Bolori, one of the people declared “wanted” by the Nigerian military.
“He told me he called the Chief of Army Staff, the spokesperson of the Nigerian military who announced him “wanted,” and other top military officers and said he was at their beck and call and didn’t need to be declared “wanted” since he wasn’t in hiding.
“He then went ahead and turned himself in at the top military barracks in Maiduguri, waited for more than two hours, but there was no one to interrogate or arrest him. He called and texted the chief of army staff and the military spokesperson again and pleaded with them to send someone to detain, arrest, interrogate, or do whatever they wanted to do to him because he wanted to clear his name. He was later told to go home and return the following day!
“They told a “wanted” man to go home and come back the next day! Can you believe that? First, he is personally known to the chief of army staff and to the military spokesman.
“These people also know his home in Maiduguri. They know where to get him if they want to. yet they declared him “wanted.” Is there any parallel to this level of puzzling incompetence in the world? Who declares people “wanted” without any interest in seeing, much less interrogating, them?”