Fight against bokoharam;680 civilian jtf members killed fighting boko haram.
bokoharam-680 civilian jtf members killed fighting boko haram.
The report has it that about 680 members of civilian Joint Task Force died in three years during Boko Haram fight.
The legal adviser to the CJTF, Jubril Gunda described the dead CJTF members as heroes,
He said the dead CJTF were killed in various operations in the state.
About 680 members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, CJTF, have lost their lives to the Boko Haram insurgency from 2014 till date in Borno State,
the hotbed of the war.
gathered that the CJTF are civilian vigilante who grouped together in 2014 to join in the fight against Boko Haram.
They are largely supported and financed by the Borno State government and often work with the military.
The legal adviser to the CJTF, Jubril Gunda, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri on Sunday July 9.
Mr. Gunda, who described the dead CJTF members as heroes, said they were killed in various operations in the state.
He said that many members of the CJTF also sustained various types of injuries since the
group joined the campaign to end insurgency in Nigeria’s North-East.
Mr. Gunda noted that the CJTF had made remarkable contributions in ensuring the return
of peace to war-ravaged communities in Maiduguri and elsewhere.
The legal adviser, who described himself as a staunch member of the CJTF,
pleaded with the federal government to provide money and materials for the families of dead CJTF members.
“Their families are left on their own with no compensation, except the token burial money given by the Borno State government.
“Their children cannot afford to go to school or pay house rent,” he said, describing the conditions of affected families as pathetic.
Mr. Gunda revealed that 780 members of the group had been trained and exposed to combat operations to boost their combat readiness.
“It is our sincere believe that the 780 trained CJTF members will make a great difference in the campaign against insurgency.”
Mr. Gunda called on the Borno government to pay allowances and provide vehicles for the group to motivate them.
He also advocated closer aquintance between the military, police and the group to ensure smoother implementation
of the anti-insurgency campaign.
About 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the Boko Haram insurgency started in 2009.
Majority of the displaced are internal within Nigeria while others are in neighbouring countries like Cameroon.