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Group wants court to compel DSS, police to arrest and prosecute journalist, Salkida

Group wants court to compel DSS, police to arrest and prosecute journalist, Salkida

- Following the new Boko Haram video which was released through Journalist Ahmad Salkida's website, a group has sought for his arrest and prosecution

- The group alleged that Salkida has links to the terrorist group and he is promoting inciting videos from them

The Incorporated Trustees of Overt Legacy and Human Development Initiative has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the police and DSS to arrest Journalist Ahmad Salkida.

In a law suit filed on Monday, by the group's lawyer, Tersah Unande, the group asked the court to direct the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Director General of Department of State Service (DSS) to arrest and prosecute Salkida.

In suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/416/2017 and filed, Monday, May 15, the group also joined the Attorney General of the Federation as co-defendant.

The group wants the DSS and police to declare Salkida wanted on Facebook and Twitter as a criminal and associate of the dreadful terrorist group, Boko Haram.

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What they want the court to determine is whether the link established between Salkida and Boko Haram terrorists group is not enough to get him arrested, Daily Times reports.

Group wants DSS and Police to prosecute journalist Ahmad Salkida over links with Boko Haram.

Group wants DSS and Police to prosecute journalist Ahmad Salkida over links with Boko Haram.

They cited his recent release of Boko Haram video and tweeting of the content on his Twitter handle as his furthering of the terrorist objectives.

The group wanted to know if this links are not enough for the police and DSS to have Salkida locked up and prosecuted.

The deponent, Abdulmusqit Hassan said: “That Salkida had tweeted that the new Boko Haram video which was made available to his Salkida.com for onward uploading on YouTube featured terrorists commander, Shuaibu Moni, who was recently released in exchange for the 82 Chibok Girls issuing threats to Nigerian authorities and its President.

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"That the plaintiff as a pro-peace organisation became worried knowing that the nature of the threats issued by the Boko Haram group in the video and coordinated by Salkida have overbearing similarities with those hitherto issued which led to the maiming and killing if over 20,000 innocent Nigerians since 2009.

That the plaintiff is aggrieved because the defendants have failed in their duties to take proactive steps towards forestalling the likely breakdown of law and order as well as loss of lives of Nigerians.

“That it will be meaningless and fruitless for the defendants to dissipate energy in prosecuting mere suspects of terrorism whereas Journalist Ahmad Salkida being an accomplice of Boko Haram terrorism is allowed to walk freely on the streets recruiting young Nigerians to join the group."

No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.

Meanwhile, Salkida has lost access to his Twitter account after he started tweeting content from the Boko Haram video on Friday, May 12.

The journalist lost access to his Facebook page less than an hour after he could no longer access his Twitter account.

There is no doubt that Salkida lost access to his account due to the sensitive excerpts from the terrorist video he was sharing on social media.

Watch NAIJ.com video of survivors of Boko Haram talking about the horrors inflicted by the terrorists:

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