Nigerian military kills 40 in Maiduguri – Witnesses

The JTF allegedly killed about 40 residents of Maidugri, the capital city of Borno.

The Joint Task Force in Maiduguri, the troubled capital city Borno state, shot dead at least 40 people during raids in the city, witnesses said on Friday.

Two witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES that the JTF, which is on a peace-keeping mission, raided several neighbourhoods in Maiduguri late on Thursday and arrested and shot dead scores of people.

“About 30 people were killed during a raid in Gwange, behind Zawiya,” a source, who saw the raids, told PREMIUM TIMES.

Another resident said the JTF also raided the Gambaru area of the city and he saw at least 10 bodies after the raid. He said some of the victims were tagged members of the terrorist Boko Haram sect and killed on the spot, while others were taken away by the rampaging  soldiers.

“I saw at least 10 bodies,” the witness, who asked not to be named, said.

The JTF spokesman in Maiduguri, Sagir Musa, did not respond to telephone calls and text messages seeking his comments on the allegations.

“More than 30 bodies were brought in by the JTF yesterday and most of them were young men,” a nurse at one Maiduguri hospital, Yagana Bukar, also told Reuters.

The killings are coming a day after human rights group, Amnesty International, released a report condemning the tactics of the Nigerian security in combating the terrorist Boko Haram sect.

The rights group said Nigerian security forces extra judicially executed, detained without trial or charge and forced the disappearance of hundreds of people accused of links to the Boko Haram sect.

One eye-witness told Amnesty International that on Thursday she saw dozens of bodies on the floor of the morgue with bullet wounds and that some bodies were buried on Friday morning.


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  • mankind

    JTF at it again. So Amnesty Int is right about human rights abuse. So who killed this General again? God save us.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      You can ask shekau the question, politely if you want. I am sure he will answer nicely.

  • NAGODI_1

    ONE OF THE VICTIMS REPORTED IN A BBC INTERVIEW (HAUSA SERVICE) THAT SOLDIERS CAME TO THEIR AREA ARRESTED EVERYBODY, SEPARATE THE YOUNG FROM THE OLD, TOLD THE OLD PEOPLE TO TURN THEIR FACES AWAY, LAY ALL THE YOUNG BOYS ON THE GROUND AND SHOT THEM. THE VICTIM AN OLD MAN SAID THAT 4 OF HIS FIVE CHILDREN WERE KILLED. WHEN ASKED WHERE IS THE FIFTH CHILD HE SAID THE SOLDIERS TOOK HIM AWAY BUT ALLOWED HIM (THE BOY TAKEN BY THE SOLDIERS) TO MAKE A PHONE CALL TO THE BEREAVED OLD MAN TELLING HIM HE IS ALIVE AND WILL BE RELEASED SOON. THE OLD MAN CONTINUED THAT HE HAS ALREADY TAKEN THE FOUR DEAD BODIES INTO HIS HOUSE AND IS WAITING FOR BURIAL RITES FOR THEM.
    WHATEVER THIS AGENDA BY JONATHAN IS, IT CAN ONLY BE CALLED AN EVIL AGENDA.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      Am sure you would have been happier if the report read ’40 killed in a church’. Better them than the innocent.

      • NAGODI_1

        I AM NOT LIKE YOU, A CHRISTIAN INNOCENT MAN IS AS INNOCENT AS A MUSLIM INNOCENT MAN TO ME. OUT OF THESE 40 EXECUTED SOME ARE CHRISTIANS. THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT CHRISTIAN POPULATION IN BORNO.

        • Enemona

          Nagodi, no need responding to this guy, we all know him and the ‘things’ he represents. He thinks in black and white. In his world, things are represented in 2D (two dimensions), ‘we’ and ‘them’, ‘christians’ and ‘muslims’, ‘north’ and ‘south’, ‘Nigerian side’ vs ‘biafra side’ and nothing in-between. You know you cannot reason with people like that. It’s a one-way traffic for his type. His brain is too weak to go beyond the simplistic.

          • Easy

            Ha ha, Enemona has found a friend.in Nagodi. True fellow travellers.

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          Any Christian member of Boko Haram deserves death.

      • Enemona

        How sadistic can you be, I have said it before and I will say it again that your reasoning is so poor. You see things from the narrow angle of ethnicity and religious leanings, you’re so bigoted that you’ve lost your mind.

        I want to let you know that christian or muslim, hausa, igbo or yoruba, killings should be condemned. Impunity should never be tolerated. Bombing people in churches is as heinous as what was described above, they’re both barbaric and should never be tolerated by well-thinking people. Alas, there are many people like you who have led and will continue to lead the country down this lane, these people (both from the north and the south, christians or muslims) who wear their toga of ethnic and religious bigotry while dropping their thinking caps have unfortunately bled this country to its knees and to the point that insanity prevails over reasoning. Who loses eventually? The common man and not thieves, thugs, looters in government and their paid rent-boys like you.

        Mpiti or whatever funny name you call yourself, earn your pay defending crap but have some sense of empathy. It’s sad how people have lost their humanity for a piece of daily pork. Let’s see how you react if you lose three of your siblings in this same brutal manner.

        Let me tell you something, the problem we have in this country is that of dishonest and heartless leaders that have ruled this country since independence and people like you, the rented bandwagon who have lost their dignities pushing the agenda of these merciless rulers. Note that a time shall come when that money you pursue at the expense of you conscience will become your enemy.

        Go on rent-boy but remember, your paymasters will soon go and your ilk might never be seen in power, not in the north, south or anywhere in Nigeria. That day when the average man shall rise beyond bigotry and fear, beyond hatred and divisions, the day we will see every man and every child as humans to be cared for, that day leaders will understand that their actions and inaction have far-reaching effect on the entire country. That day your type will no longer have jobs but forced to take up dignified jobs.

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          Impunity? These people were killed in a Boko Haram hide out.

        • don’t border

          you may be right in your thinking but permit me to tell you the truth your expression is wrong, if you want to correct someone do it in a polite manner; it sends message to who ever you are addressing. two wrongs don’t make a right. if you want to help someone out of a pit, you don’t stay in the pit with that person but outside the pit so you can pull such a person out.

          • Enemona

            I agree with you and accept your advise. Will tone down on my attack on him but no joy for those who are bent on destroying this country.

  • Naijaa

    Babarians

    • bono

      U mean only 40 members of boko haram were killed by the JTF? Did the so called criminals from boko haram ever thought of being sent to a war crimes tribunal over the murder of nigerians in churches in the Fulani North? Northern Fulani leaders should not insult Nigerian with this propaganda rubbish. If u dont want fire to burn u dont play with it.

  • Naijaa

    Babarians

  • akpos1

    The Continent Nigeria military can kill as many as possible. This is no human rights issue. There exists Boko Haram sympathizers all over, civilians, police and even in the military. They exist in the senate which is actually the head office of Boko Haram, with a sub regional office in the North East country of Maiduguri.

    The stupid and self centred British made the greatest error in human history when it coerced the North & South countries to be one country called Nigeria. The British went further to exploit the human & material resources of the peoples. This is after the mental & physical rape of the evil of slavery which lasted decades. Yet, amnesty international nor the dis(United Nations) has not deemed it fit to make retroactive laws or resolutions that will compel the US , UK etc to pay reparations for the evil of slavery, unlawful imperialism and direct theft of resources as was the case by Britain in the SS country of the Benin Kingdom among others.

    The slow thinking and inferiority complex citizens of the countries of continent Nigeria may listen to the publication of amnesty international but certainly not enlightened minds.

    If Nigeria were one country, there would not be pple sympathetic to BH’s killings.

    Verily verily I say unto you, “Nigeria is not a country but a continent. Break up now”

    Long live the republic of the SS & SE

  • akpos1

    The Continent Nigeria military can kill as many as possible. This is no human rights issue. There exists Boko Haram sympathizers all over, civilians, police and even in the military. They exist in the senate which is actually the head office of Boko Haram, with a sub regional office in the North East country of Maiduguri.

    The stupid and self centred British made the greatest error in human history when it coerced the North & South countries to be one country called Nigeria. The British went further to exploit the human & material resources of the peoples. This is after the mental & physical rape of the evil of slavery which lasted decades. Yet, amnesty international nor the dis(United Nations) has not deemed it fit to make retroactive laws or resolutions that will compel the US , UK etc to pay reparations for the evil of slavery, unlawful imperialism and direct theft of resources as was the case by Britain in the SS country of the Benin Kingdom among others.

    The slow thinking and inferiority complex citizens of the countries of continent Nigeria may listen to the publication of amnesty international but certainly not enlightened minds.

    If Nigeria were one country, there would not be pple sympathetic to BH’s killings.

    Verily verily I say unto you, “Nigeria is not a country but a continent. Break up now”

    Long live the republic of the SS & SE

  • Enemona

    Nothing said. Please contribute to the discussion then you will get a proper response.