Tension rose today in Maiduguri, Borno State as members of the vigilante group known as Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) took to the streets protesting the shooting of their member by the military.
A soldier was alleged to have shot a tricycle driver who passed through the wrong route in one of their numerous check points in Maiduguri and this sparked anger among the tricycle riders who are mostly active members of the vigilante.
“Since the fellow shot is believed to be a member of the civilian JTF, he called on his people who were outraged about the development and marched to the palace of the Shehu to report the matter, “said one of the soldiers.
It is not clear whether the Shehu granted audience but hundreds of civilian JTF boys were seen returning from the Palace when The Nation visited the place.
Many of them armed with sticks and cutlasses were seen challenging vehicles and Keke Napeps without green leaves on their windscreens to go get one if they wanted to continue as members.
Heavy tanks were seen parked around sensitive areas of the capital city like Barga road where several banks such as Diamond, FCMB and Unity banks are located and the western avenue area of the town.
One of the managers of diamond Bank told The Nation on phone that there was no threat of arson by the angry JTF boys on their structures.”I think they brought the tank to forestall any escalation of tension to the rest of the capital which was observing a calm Sunday.”
Attempts by one of the reporters of the News Agency of Nigeria to cover the incident in the crowd was met with stiff resistance by the civilian JTF members who broke his windscreen.
At Bolori Junction, boys of the civilian JTF were seen burning tyres as at 2pm almost 5hours after the incident first occurred around the western roundabout.