Daily Trust (Abuja)

2 January 2013

Nigeria: JTF - Borno People Condoning Boko Haram

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JTF soldiers in Jos

Maiduguri — The Joint Task Force (JTF) Operation Restore Order in Borno State yesterday said lack of proactive measures and self help by residents of Maiduguri and environs is responsible for the incessant killings by members of the Boko Haram sect and other faceless attackers.

The JTF said there was noticeable improvement of security of lives and property in places like Kano because residents have resolved to resist attempts to destroy their communities.

A statement by Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa which was made available to newsmen in Maiduguri yesterday said security forces are worried with the way people are being killed.

"The JTF is strongly concerned with incessant callous, brutal, barbaric and impious killings of people in some states of the northeastern parts of Nigeria particularly in Borno State.

"More worrisome is the inhuman way the terrorists perpetrate their dastardly acts ranging from outright shootings, macheting and slaughtering of their victims. Recall that in July 2012, nine construction workers working at Shehu of Borno's Central Mosque were massacred, so also two Indians were shot dead in their factory by Boko Haram terrorists.

"Similarly, three security guards in Gombaru ward, a respected elder statesman retired Maj Gen Muhammadu Shuwa and business mogul Alhaji Girgir were separately shot dead at different locations in Maiduguri metropolis and also five people were killed in Musari community.

"Unlike in Kano, Birnin Gwari and Rigasa areas of Kaduna states, all these obnoxious and sacrilegious acts elicited not a single passive or active resistance from the locals who in the absence of security agencies were there when the inhuman acts were committed.

"In an effort to contain crime and criminality, some communities in Nigeria have since devised neighbourhood surveillance and alarm system and other resistance measures to assist themselves and security agencies in combating insecurity in their respective areas. This aspect is totally lacking in Borno State particularly in Maiduguri metropolis and its immediate environs", he said.

Musa therefore stressed the need for local communities to rise to the challenge by pre-empting terrorists acts of this nature by "way of giving timely and accurate information to security agencies and where possible to actively react to this madness since the Task Force cannot be everywhere at the same time".

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