If the about 30, 000 strong Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and vigilantes are not removed from the streets of the Northeast by way of training and skill acquisition, they could constitute potential danger to national security when the insurgency is over.

The Coordinator, CJTF, in the zone under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Matthew Alao, who made the assertion, yesterday, disclosed that so far, the UNDP has trained 3,000 CJTF and vigilantes in five batches since December 2017 up till now.

Alao spoke at the closing ceremony of the second batch of 453 participants in the second phase of the capacity building for 1,000 civilian JTF and vigilantes from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, at the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre (CLTC), Jos.

He said the programme is intended to build the capacity of the civilian JTF to be able to provide effective community security services in their respective states, and to help them identify human rights abuses and also to report such.

UNDP Country Director, Samuel Bwalya, in his remarks, stated: “The current intervention seeks to build the capacity of CJTF and vigilantes to identify and protect human rights, identify and prevent sexual and gender-based violence, possess skills to prevent conflict and resolve disputes with overall goal of promoting peaceful co-existence and stability in the north east.

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