Over 680 JTF Members Killed So Far in War Against Boko Haram in Borno

The legal officer to the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), Junril Gunda, said Friday no fewer than 680 members of the body have died trying to repel Boko Haram terrorists attacks in Borno.
He said the number covered between 2012 and 2017
According to Gunda: “The group which is non profitable started in 2012 when our youths picked up sticks and said no more Boko Haram and they successfully push the terrorist group out of Maiduguri.
“We don’t have any other home than Borno, we are therefore working tirelessly to provide civic protections against any form of threat represented by Boko Haram.
“Sadly a lot of our youths have paid the supreme price, there is hardly any day you will hear of an attack without one of our civilian JTF killed and that does not mean we will stop defending our land of terrorism.
“As you can see I am a lawyer by profession, this is my Chamber and I am happy to also be one of the Civilian JTF. I was also trained for eight months on light arms use by the military.
“If I see a Boko Haram now, I can take him down with my gun.
“It was necessary to train our civilian JTF on the use of arms because they always move along with the military in the front line during operations.
“Our civilian JTF had taken part in almost all the operations going on in Sambisa forest.
“It was also necessary because they are always the first to sight Boko Haram suspects during checks in the state capital.
“Boko Haram members are not afraid of the military, they are afraid of the civilian JTF; they believe if a civilian JTF kills any of them, they will go to hell. Many of them have said this during their testimonies,” said Gunda.
He said though the number is high, the JTF remained undaunted in its resolve to protect communities in the state from the terrorists.
According to him, no fewer than 23,000 youth vigilantes have been registered under the body to provide civic protection in every nooks and crannies of the state.
He urged government and other nongovernmental organisations to give support to the other 20,000 youths who were not empowered by the the government .
“They should also give priority attention to widows of our deceased youths because we are left to carter for their welfare.
“Government should sponsor their children and give them a better life in recognition of the selfless sacrifices made by their parents,” said Gunda.

Author: News Editor

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