Exchange of Chibok girls with Boko Haram suspects, a political decision – CDS

The decision to release Boko Haram suspects in exchange for abducted Chibok schoolgirls as being demanded by the terror sect will be a political decision.


The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonishakin, stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a security meeting held in the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.

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Olonisakin, however, said military operations against activities of the terrorist group would continue irrespective of any negotiation with the sect.

He said: “That is a political decision to be taken.

“The military decision is that we are going ahead with our operations.

“The operation is being conducted appropriately.”

The CDS stated that the military authorities were analysing the video released by the Boko Haram sect and “we will make appropriate comments at the right time”.

He said one of the people declared wanted by the Army in connection with the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls had surrendered himself for interrogation.

Olonishaki disclosed that the meeting went beyond discussing security matters, saying that it also discussed issues on floods apart from terrorism.

Also speaking on the outcome of the meeting, the Comptroller-General of Customs, retired Colonel Hameed Ali, said the meeting took the form of workshop as participants were trained on how to respond to emergency issues.

Ali said: “It was not a meeting as such.

“It was a little workshop that was arranged for us to understand how to respond to emergency issues, how to be in the position to advice the President to take the right decisions under emergency cases either terrorism, flood or any other thing.

“It was put together for chief executives to sit down and understand the processes of thinking when there is disaster.

“And I think that is what we have learnt today and hope we will put into use.”



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