THE Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) has accused the Dubai-based Nigerian journalist, Ahmed Salkida of over stepping his journalistic privileges and turning himself into a sympathizer and propaganda tool for the terrorists Boko Haram group.
The group therefore urged the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to immediately charge Ahmad Salkida to court under the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013, even if it is in abstentia.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, national cordinator of CATE, Gabriel Onoja said the Federal Government must then on the strength of the charges to be filed against Salkida apply for his extradition by the United Arab Emirates.
He said there are several international agreements that could also be leveraged to make this happen, since the larger consensus in the world is to fight terrorism wherever it rears its ugly head.
According to him, the offer by the Biu, Borno State-born Salkida to mediate in the aftermath of the video release is a move to place him in the good books of the federal government knowing that he has been an accomplice to terror all along.
Quoting from the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013, he said, “We like to for emphasis mention that Section 2 (2) of the Act provides that “(2) A person or body corporate who knowingly, in or outside Nigeria, directly or indirectly, willingly – (d) assists or facilitates the activities of persons engaged in an act of terrorism or is an accessory to any offence under this Act, (e) participates as an accomplice in or contributes to the commission of any act of terrorism or offences under this Act, (f) assists, facilitates, organises or directs the activities of persons or organisations engaged in any act of terrorism, … .commits an offence under this Act and is liable on conviction to maximum of death sentence”.
“We therefore urge the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to immediately charge Ahmad Salkida to court under the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 even if it is in abstentia.
“This would send a clear message to the straggling Boko Haram fighters that Nigeria is finally onto their antics with a resolve to dismantle their propaganda and social media infrastructure, which is the last of their prowess.”
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