Two Killed, Others Injured In Civilian-JTF Revolt Against Soldiers In Maiduguri

civilian_jtfTwo persons are reported to have been killed and several others injured in the capital of Borno State, Maiduguri, Monday evening as a clash broke out between soldiers and Volunteer Vigilance Youths’ Group, popularly known as ‘Civilian JTF’.

The two had enjoyed a cordial working relationship until recently when the arrest of some suspected insurgents led to distrust between these partners, who have jointly recorded some measure of success in the fight against Boko Haram.

According to online news site, Sahara Reporters, the volunteers had captured five armed persons with guns and accused them of being terrorists.

However, trouble reportedly started when soldiers from Sector 2 in Maiduguri seized the suspects, claiming that they were soldiers although in mufti. That claim did not go down well with the volunteers, who in their attempt to resist the move incurred the wrath of the soldiers as they started shooting.

The shooting reportedly led to the killing of at least two persons, as well as some injuries.

The angry youths later took to the streets along Maiduguri-Gambo-Ngala road blocking the highway, causing heavy traffic and chanting anti-military slogans.

Another online news site, PREMIUM TIMES, reports that the irate youths were chanting in Hausa: “sojoji ne Boko Haram, Soja ogan-Boko Haram (translation: soldiers are the real Boko Haram; soldiers are masters of Boko Haram)”.

The military authorities are yet to issue a statement clarifying the perceived breach of trust between troops and the Civilian JTF, whose roles at complementing the efforts of security forces in the fight against Boko Haram has been widely acknowledged.


  1. Boko Haram is a powerless force if the reality of the people behind it, could be seen clearly and fearlessly unveil by President Jonathan, he knows the real Boko in the country but too Afraid to confront them, the military can not win the war against the Sec expect private security is hired to do the logistic, more of the collation of data about them and fighting deep into the forest. The US hires private security to combat enemies in foreign frontlines, the FG should apply same or face the wrath of the most powerful arm group in Nigeria.

  2. Subhanallaah! Wallaah it has become depressing to come on this platform. Day in day out we read about the continous killings of the innocent”
    Ya Allaah replace our leaders with better people.”
    May Allaah come to the aid of the weak and oppressed. May Allaah not look at our hearts when giving us a solution, for we are a weak people.
    The thirst for innocent blood is on the increase while the effort to protect the innocent is gradually disappearing.
    Ya Allaah come to our aid, destroy those responsible for this carnage. Change the leaders who are laid back on their responsibilities.
    We are but a nation in crisis, the day social justice is made a priority by our leaders is the day we rid ourselves of these enemies.
    May Alaah forgive the souls of our departed brothers and sisters. Insha Allaah on qiyama you get yo ask the murderer why he murdered you.