From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri
No fewer than 24 adolescence volunteers popularly referred to as Civilian JTF were killed the day prior to this when Boko Haram insurgents ambushed the vigilance staff in Monguno, northern Borno. Sources also said some of the volunteers are still missing.
A police supply hinted that the tragic incident befell following a counter insurgency mission embarked upon via the Civilian JTF in Boko Haram camps around Kaleri, Shuwari, Maganari and Nannari villages in the Monguno native govt area. but the mission took a tragic turn when the insurgents in a military automobile ambushed the youths.
“The vigilante youths numbering over one hundred were on a mission to smoke out some Boko Haram males but they had been ambushed by means of the insurgents. About 24 folks can have died while about 36 were still missing.
“There was an preliminary arrangement with armed forces troops that they are going to accompany the vigilante youths to the Boko Haram camps however the youths had to depart after never-ending waiting. for the reason that military did not surface, they moved to Monguno in a convoy of about 5 autos however the armed Boko Haram who disguised in military camouflage and a captured armed forces patrol perplexed the vigilante youths to suppose they were armed forces troops. they simply opened fireplace on the young males whereas many others fled,” probably the most volunteers who could now not make the go back and forth to Monguno disclosed in Maiduguri.
Spokesman of the defunct Joint activity pressure (JTF), Lt Col Sagir Musa and the Police Public relations (PPRO), Jibril Gideon may no longer be reached as at press time.