Some youth groups sprung up to assist the military in combating Boko Haram.
The military’s Joint Task Force, JTF, in Borno State, Sunday, allayed the fears of people in the state over the activities of the youth vigilante groups hunting the Islamic Fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram.
The JTF said the young men are operating under the supervision of the military.
Maiduguri residents had recently began to raise concerns and fears over the activity of the Civilian-JTF especially as regards the possibility of being infiltrated by the Boko Haram or miscreants.
The JTF Spokesman, Sagir Musa, said in a statement that the Task Force supports and “commends the heroic and patriotic efforts of citizens and residents of the state especially the youths who are daily rising against Boko Haram Terrorism in the state”.
“The JTF has since commenced the process of monitoring, guiding and regulating the activities of the vigilant youths with the view to making them operate within the ambit of the law.
“This is in order to making them more useful in fighting Boko Haram terrorism in Borno without becoming a nuisance to the society.
“The JTF therefore requested the public to support, cooperate with the youths and report any noticed unwholesome acts of the youths to the security agencies or any JTF locations nearest to them”.