Nigerian soldiers patrol in an Otokar Cobra APC in the volatile northeastern city of Maiduguri
PHOTO CREDIT: WASHINGTON POST
20 July, 2013
•Says Boko Haram Receives Foreign Assistance
THE military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State has joined residents and the state government in applauding the “daring efforts” of members of the state’s Vigilance Youths Group (BVYG),
who have been continuously hunting for the fleeing Boko Haram sect members for over five weeks.
Since the youths commenced their
operations in Maiduguri metropolis,
conducting “street to street and house
to house” searches with their sticks,
knives and cutlasses at strategic locations in the city, three top Boko Haram commanders and over 250 terror
suspects have been arrested and
handed over to JTF sector commanders
for further investigations.
Meanwhile, the JTF has said that the
Boko Haram terrorists must have been
receiving assistance from some foreign
countries, as most of the weapons and
ammunition they use in their “serial
attacks and killings” are so sophisticated to the extent that even the Nigerian Army lack some of them.
Men of the JTF had entertained fears
over the involvement of unarmed youths in hunting for the fleeing insurgents, but with the success of the youths in arresting some Boko Haram commanders and other terror suspects, the security task force has endorsed
and supported their activities.
Speaking on youths’ involvement and
arrest of terror suspects, the JTF
spokesman, Lt. Col Sagir Musa said: “The
JTF has commended these youths for
assisting our soldiers in arresting these
terror suspects among people living in the metropolis. The youths have also
renewed their efforts in supporting the
JTF in the current operations.” He said the JTF has also expressed its support and encouragement for the vigilante groups and youths associations of the three wards for their commendable efforts to end Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
Speaking on what gives the youths the
courage to go after the terrorists,chairman of BVYG, Abubakar Mallum, in
an interview in Maiduguri yesterday,
said that God is behind them.