Daily Trust (Abuja)

4 September 2013

Nigeria: Army Investigates Killing of 26 Vigilantes in Borno State

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Nigerian soldiers

The Nigerian Army yesterday said it has began investigations into the killing of members of the youth vigilante group called Civilian JTF by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in Monguno, Borno State.

Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, the spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF), told newsmen in Maiduguri that the army was disturbed about the situation.

"The military high command is aware of the killing and it is disturbing. The Nigerian Army Brigade in Monguno has been mandated to carry out investigation into the matter," Musa said.

He blamed the problem on the group which embarked on a trip without military backing. "We have always made it clear to members of the vigilante group that they should not operate on their own but should always seek for military backing. They are just supporting the security agencies with information; the real battle should be left in the hands of security agents. We will continue to appeal to them not to conduct any operation without armed military escort," Musa said.

Twenty six civilians were killed in Monguno, headquarters of Monguno Local Government Area while in search of Boko Haram militants.

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