Sahara Reporters, a Nigerian news website, reported Monday afternoon that Mr. Salkida was apprehended by the State Security Service at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Mr. Salkida travelled aboard an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai using an emergency travel certificate and expressed fears about his possible arrest upon arrival in the country, Sahara Reporters quoted a female passenger who seated beside him as saying.
“Mr. Salkida further told the passenger that he did not know the whereabouts of Boko Haram leaders or Chibok girls. However, he admitted to receiving two video clips from Boko Haram before they were released to the public,” the website reported.
PREMIUM TIMES could not independently verify reports of Mr. Salkida’s arrest as efforts to get confirmation from the Nigerian Army, the Defence Headquarters, the State Security Service and the police proved unsuccessful.
But Farooq Kperogi, a U.S.-based Nigerian Professor of Journalism who recently interviewed the journalist, told PREMIUM TIMES he had a conversation with Mr. Salkida recently and the latter briefly mentioned planning to come to Nigeria.
Mr. Salkida was declared wanted on August 14 alongside Aisha Wakil, a lawyer, and Ahmed Bolori, a peace activist based in Maiduguri.
Mr. Salkida, who was in Dubai at the time of the announcement, said he would expedite preparation to return to Nigeria and turn himself in.
Mrs. Wakil and Mr. Bolori turned themselves in a day after they were declared wanted and both were subsequently granted bail without being charged to court for any offence.