CDSAC denies Boko Haram prisoner swap for release of 23 train passengers | The Guardian Nigeria News
The Chief of the Defense Staff Action Committee (CDSAC) responsible for releasing the other 23 train passengers from terrorist captivity has denied claims that their freedom resulted from the exchange of detained insurgents from Boko Haram.
Furthermore, CDSAC Secretary, Prof. Usman Yusuf also denied ever making any comments linking the release of the 23 Kaduna-Abuja train victims to the 101 Boko Haram detained at Maximum Prison, Kirikiri Lagos.
He spoke in an interview on Arise television where he denied claims that the federal government had reached an agreement with terrorists regarding the exchange of prisoners held by Boko Haram.
Professor Yusuf said “the claim that the release of the 23 train victims was a prison swap with Boko Haram detainees is false and dubious”, claiming that “some dubious people sent the report all over the world “.
According to Yusuf, who was the former executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), “it’s a lie, it has nothing to do with our committee and it has nothing to do with the 23 victims of the train released”.
He remarked that the committee’s apparent blackmail will not deter members from pursuing its stated mission to fight for the eradication of the insecurity and challenges facing the country, adding that “it will not stop the military from to do work”.
Emphasizing that the Chief of the Defense Staff Committee is made up of retired generals, diplomats and academics who have volunteered to pursue peace and meet with terrorists, argued that “the mission does not can be undertaken without the support of the military”.
“I urge all Nigerians to play their part and do their part in addressing these security challenges. Let criticism of our military be done with compassion,” Professor Yusuf added.
Speaking about the circumstances that led to the release of the 23 train victims, Yusuf further pointed out that “the military took matters into their own hands; it’s basically a military operation and the army gave us a good environment to talk about, that’s how the negotiation went”.
“Our focus is on how do we secure peace, how can we stop all the attacks… our phase two will be intense. We will put on the table what the grievances of these people are.