Hours after he was declared wanted by the military, the Nigeria Army on Sunday, August 14, reportedly sent back home Ahmed Bolori when he reported at one of its facilities in Borno.
Bolori, the coordinator of the Fa’ash Foundation and the Partnership Against Violent Extremism was declared wanted alongside two others on Sunday but was told to go back home and report the next day after he surrendered himself to military authorities.
Premium Times quotes a close associate of Bolori’s, Farook Kperoogi, a U.S.-based Nigerian journalism professor, as saying in a message he posted on his Facebook page after a conversation with Bolori, said he reported at “the top military barracks in Maiduguri, waited for more than two hours, but there was no one to interrogate or arrest him.”
Kperoogi was highly disappointed that the military went to such great extent of declaring Bolori and the others wanted when apparently it was not as urgent as they made it seem.
Kperoogi’s statement read: “It is now self-evident that no one in the highest reaches of governance and security enforcement in Nigeria is thinking. How can you declare people “wanted” when you haven’t even invited them for questioning–and they haven’t resisted your invitation? I just got off the phone with Ambassador Ahmed Umar Bolori, one of the people declared “wanted” by the Nigerian military.
“He told me he called the Chief of Army Staff, the spokesperson of the Nigerian military, who announced him “wanted,” and other top military officers and said he was at their beck and call and didn’t need to be declared “wanted” since he wasn’t in hiding.
“He then went ahead and turned himself in at the top military barracks in Maiduguri, waited for more than two hours, but there was no one to interrogate or arrest him.
“He called and texted the chief of army staff and the military spokesperson again and pleaded with them to send someone to detain, arrest, interrogate, or do whatever they wanted to do to him because he wanted to clear his name.
“He was later told to go home and return the following day! They told a “wanted” man to go home and come back the next day! Can you believe that? First, he is personally known to the chief of army staff and to the military spokesman. These people also know his home in Maiduguri.
“They know where to get him if they want to. Yet they declared him “wanted.” Is there any parallel to this level of puzzling incompetence in the world? Who declares people “wanted” without any interest in seeing, much less interrogating, them?”
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