The military and other security agencies are extending their probe of those with suspected links with Boko Haram and who may know the whereabouts of the 215 missing Chibok girls.
The army this week declared three Nigerians – Aisha Wakil, Amb. Ahmed Umar Bolori and a journalist, Ahmed Salkida- wanted following the last release of a video message by the terror sect showing some of the girls.
Aisha Wakil and Bolori have already made themselves available to the authorities and were subsequently granted administrative bails.
Salkida, who resides in Dubai, promised to come home at the earliest opportunity.
However,The Nation gathered last night that the trio are being watch-listed by the military.
The implication is that they can be arrested by security agencies if and when necessary.
Highly placed sources also said the Federal Government is considering whether to renew the international passport of Salkida which expired on August 16.
The Nigerian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was yet to get security clearance on Salkida’s passport yesterday.
Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the military and security agencies are looking at more clues on Nigerians and foreigners with Boko Haram links who know the whereabouts of the Chibok girls.
It was learnt that the military and security agencies are suspecting that these persons and groups could be networking with the insurgents.
It was, however, gathered that the government had sought assistance from a Western nation to checkmate its citizens’ access to Boko Haram.
The foreign country,sources said, was able to confirm that some Nigerians had been serving as couriers for the insurgents.
Said the source: “Beyond the declaration of three people wanted, we are probing more clues. It is becoming obvious that some persons or groups are networking or serving as couriers for Boko Haram.
“The release of the video clip on the Chibok girls has opened a lot of intelligence windows to look at in collaboration with international security agencies.
“The military and the security agencies will rise to the latest challenge at hand in order to liberate the Chibok girls from these insurgents.”
Asked to be specific, the source added: “The fact that we have invited three people for interaction is the beginning of fresh attempts by the military and security agencies to analyze the intelligence at our disposal and probe more clues.
“There are many options. We want to conduct our investigation with civility, respect for human rights, fair hearing and in conformity with international best practices.”
Meanwhile, findings confirmed last night that the Federal Government was weighing options on whether or not to renew the international passport of Ahmed Salkida.
The passport of Salkida, who has expressed willingness to appear before the army, has expired.
According to an immigration service profile on Salkida, his passport expired on August 16.
The dossier also indicated that Salkida’s residence permit in the UAE is also close to expiration.
Another source said: “As a Nigerian, Salkida is entitled to the renewal of his passport at the discretion of the government. It is not automatic.
“Having been declared wanted by the army, the state has to weigh all options before renewing the passport or not.
“The quickest option is for the Nigerian Embassy in the UAE to grant Salkida Emergency Travel Certificate(ETC) to enable him to honour the invitation of the army and renew his passport at home.
“So, the passport renewal is however not a hindrance.
“If Salkida renews his passport at our mission in the UAE, we are not sure if he will seek asylum,since he has been declared wanted, or come to Nigeria. Some international agencies can grant him asylum if he wants.”
source : thenationonlineng.net/chibok-girls-security-agencies-probe-new-clues/