The military’s Joint Task Force, JTF, in Borno State, codenamed Operation Restore Order, on Sunday, calmed frayed nerves of people in the state over the activities of the youth vigilante groups popularly referred to as ‘Civilian JTF’ who assist in hunting down members of the Islamic Fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram.
The JTF while allaying the fears expressed by some residents of the state, who have raised concerns that the youth vigilante group could be infiltrated by Boko Haram or hijacked by miscreants, said the youths operate under the keen supervision of the military.
Spokesperson for the JTF, Lieutenant-Colonel Sagir Musa, said in a statement that the Task Force supports and “commends the heroic and patriotic efforts of citizens and residents of the state especially the youths who are daily rising against Boko Haram Terrorism in the state”.
“The JTF has since commenced the process of monitoring, guiding and regulating the activities of the vigilant youths with the view to making them operate within the ambit of the law.
“This is in order to making them more useful in fighting Boko Haram terrorism in Borno without becoming a nuisance to the society.
“The JTF therefore requested the public to support, cooperate with the youths and report any noticed unwholesome acts of the youths to the security agencies or any JTF locations nearest to them”.