Friday, 19 August 2016

Rights group slams Nigeria army for threatening journalist

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has censured the Nigerian army for threatening a local journalist with arrest for allegedly concealing information about the 2014 abduction of 200 schoolgirls by the Takfiri Boko Haram militants.
 
                                                   


"Nigeria's military should not threaten Ahmad Salkida and instead ensure that he is free to work," Peter Nkanga, the CPJ West Africa representative, said Friday.

"Journalists must sometimes rely on the trust of dangerous people. Coercing them to become informants risks putting all journalists under suspicion and in danger," he added.

On August 14, Nigeria’s military spokesman Sani Usman threatened that Salkida and two activists, Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil, would be detained unless they turn up for questioning on the location of the girls, who were kidnapped from the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has censured the Nigerian army for threatening a local journalist with arrest for allegedly concealing information about the 2014 abduction of 200 schoolgirls by the Takfiri Boko Haram militants.

"Nigeria's military should not threaten Ahmad Salkida and instead ensure that he is free to work," Peter Nkanga, the CPJ West Africa representative, said Friday.

"Journalists must sometimes rely on the trust of dangerous people. Coercing them to become informants risks putting all journalists under suspicion and in danger," he added.

On August 14, Nigeria’s military spokesman Sani Usman threatened that Salkida and two activists, Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil, would be detained unless they turn up for questioning on the location of the girls, who were kidnapped from the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014.