25 November 2012

Nigeria: JTF Says Murder of 20 Women in Maiduguri Not True

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Nigerian women.

Maiduguri — The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State yesterday debunked reports in a section of the media to the effect that some insurgents have slaughtered about 20 women, including students of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) for allegedly wearing miniskirts.

The report, which circulated yesterday said the young women were moving around Maiguri and some insurgents carefully monitored them and thereafter attacked and killed them in various locations in the dead of the night.

JTF spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said in a statement that the story was concocted in order to cause confusion.

According to him, "[It] is not true and the rumour is intended to cause disaffection and crisis. There is no truth in the story at all," he said.

Some newspapers and online media (excluding Trust titles) reported that 20 women have been slaughtered in Mairi, a settlement close to UNIMAID, Gwange and Kaleri areas on Friday but following enquiries, residents in the affected areas said there was no such incident.

A source at the UNIMAID who did not want to be named because he was not authorized to speak also said no female student of the institution was slaughtered.

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