Politics Nigerian Military Converts Civilian JTF to Professional Fighting Force



FG has approved the elevation of The Civilian Joint Task Force and other vigilante groups in the North East to a more professional fighting force, THISDAY reports.


The Nigerian military has received the backing of the federal government to streamline the activities of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and other vigilante groups in the North East into a more professional fighting force in the ongoing counter-terrorism operation against Boko Haram terrorists.

This is coming as more facts emerged that the recent offensive and victories of the military has turned the heat against the insurgents who are increasingly beating retreat and in disarray in most of the territories they made gains last month.

According to information obtained by THISDAY, following the approval of the federal government, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh has set up a high powered committee to work out modalities for regulating the activities of the vigilante groups.

It was gathered that despite the fact that the CJTF members have been very useful in the ongoing fight against the terrorists, some of them have been largely blamed for some serious human rights violations, prompting the government to approve the planned regulation of their mode of operations.

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