Facts have emerged on how 603 Civilian Joint Task Force CJTF, members in Borno State were killed while attempting to prevent bomb strapped Boko Haram insurgents from detonating their bombs in large crowds.
According to the legal adviser of the CJTF, Barr Jubril Gunda who spoke yesterday during a two day summit on Security and Governance in the North East organised by the CLEEN Foundation, when the CJTF members identified a Boko Haram suicide bomber they wrestle with the suicide bomber and in the process, the bomb explodes killing the suicide bomber alongside the CJTF.
Gunda who lamented that only the Borno State government and the military have been assisting the CJTF, disclosed that 360 CJTF members have been integrated into the conventional security agencies including 200 in the Nigerian Army, 120 into the Department of State Service, DSS and and 40 about to be recruited into the Air force.
The legal adviser gave the population of the CJTF in Borno as 25,000 and disclosed that the government has concluded plans to set up a commission which would ensure the integration of all the CJTF members into the security agencies.
Gunda also shed light on how the CJTF members came together to fight the insurgents. He said most of the members were graduates, undergraduates and artisans who swore to an oath with the Koran to fight the insurgents after reports that the military were abandoning their arms and fleeing the Boko Haram.
In her welcome remarks, executive director of CLEEN Kemi Okenyodo said the summit was informed by the nexus between bad governance and insecurity stressing that the summit would identify this within the context of the northeast.
She disclosed hat the workshop communique would drive advocacy on identified issues to be prioritised and addressed for positive changes to take place in the North-East.