Anxiety In The Military Over The Release Of Five Boko Haram Commanders In Exchange Of 21 Chibok School Girls
Strong indications have emerged that troops and security personnel involved in the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign against Boko Haram are unhappy with the release of five top Boko Haram commanders.
The commanders were said to have been released in exchange for the 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls who regained their freedom on Thursday.
Some security personnel, who confided in one of Punch correspondents, said that while the return of the girls is worth celebrating, those in the armed services are not pleased with what Nigeria gave in exchange for the girls.
Investigations revealed that the military expressed reservations about the swap which saw the release of five terrorist commanders in exchange for the 21 girls.
Troops and some military commanders are further worried by the fact that the release of terrorist commanders could impact negatively on the ongoing campaign to flush out the insurgents from the North-East.
It was further gathered that some of the troops were not happy that Boko Haram commanders, who had killed civilians and security personnel, were traded for the girls.