Civilian Joint Task Force

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CJTF members.

The Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) is a loose group of militants that was formed in Maiduguri, Nigeria to help oust Boko Haram Islamist fighters from their city. The group possesses basic weapons and has female members.[1][2] The vigilante group numbers over 26,000 in Borno State and Yobe State, of which only 1,800 receive a salary ($50 per month).[3] The CJTF has suffered about 600 casualties in the conflict, counting both lost and missing members.[3]

The CJTF has been accused of abuses, including slaughtering men beside a mass grave, diverting food destined for starving families and beating men and subjecting women and girls to systematic sexual violence in camps.[3]


  1. ^ "Civilian JTF women emerge in Borno - Search for female insurgents". Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Women join civilian JTF in hunt for Boko Haram". Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "The volunteers who helped beat back Boko Haram are becoming a problem". The Economist. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.