A Nigerian army lieutenant was killed by a bomb explosion set off by Boko Haram. The officer’s death infuriated JTF officers who went on a rampage, burning down numerous houses and killing 30 civilians in the reprisal attacks by JTF. Typically, the JTF would cordon off areas hit by bomb blasts and begin sporadic shootings to scare civilians. However, that tactic has changed to extra-judicial murder of civilians in areas affected by attacks carried out by Boko Haram. The fear of the Joint Task Force runs so deep that when there is an attack in an area, people in that area move out to avoid being harassed or picked up by the JTF, or even worse, falling victims of rampages. A separate outfit is The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta. In January 2012 the Nigeria Army restructured JTF into a team to combat acts of piracy, pipeline vandalism, illegal oil bunkering, crude oil theft, illegal refining and kidnapping in the Rivers and Bayelsa States with a new name of…
Joint Task Force (JTF) Nigeria
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