1,773 Civilian JTF Died In North-East While Fighting Insurgence – Chairman

1,773 Civilian JTF Died In North-East While Fighting Insurgence – Chairman

By HASSAN JIRGI, Maiduguri

The Borno state Chairman of (CJTF), Babashehu Abdulganiu, has disclose that over 1,773 members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) have died while fighting Boko Haram and Islamic State of the West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the North-East region Nigeria.

He made this known in an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Saturday. Abdulganiu said CJTF operatives were killed while fighting terrorists alongside the military in their enclaves in Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad area.

According to him, some died repelling attacks on Maiduguri while others sacrificed their lives by hugging suicide bombers during attempts to attack innocent people.

Added said, “The deaths were recorded between 2012 and 2022, and in spite of the high casualty figure, the CJTF remained resolute in its determination to support the military in riding the state of terrorists”, he said.

Abdulganiu therefore said the group which is now backed by law, started out of necessity to stamp out bad elements who usually cause havoc within Maiduguri metropolis.

“It started in 2012 when our youths picked up sticks and said no more Boko Haram and we successfully pushed the terrorist group out of Maiduguri to their enclaves in Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad”.

The chairman also said the screening exercises for those involved in drug abuses or criminality or those that were convicted before were screened out, “We deployed our men to occupy the checkpoints from Sector 1 to Sector 10,” he said.

”This was to make sure that we do not recruit bad eggs into our midst. We adopted military-like structures that were existing as sectors.

He further said the CJTF was establishment of BOYES, whose members were paid monthly allowances, helping in stamping out youth restiveness and unemployment as well as reduce minor crimes in Maiduguri.

“Unlike the CJTF, which is attached to the Nigerian military,Neighborhood Watch is embedded in the society to report local crimes, they are also attached to various village and district heads for information and intelligence gathering and sharing.

Our correspondent learnt that around in 2015, the Borno Dtate Government established the Borno Youths Empowerment Scheme(BOYES), where the 23,000 Civilian Joint Task Force members were enlisted as security vanguards, trained by military and screened by the Department of State Security.

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