Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has warned the civilian JTF members undergoing re-orientation and transformation programme of the Borno State Youths Empowerment Scheme (BOYES) to shun all acts of criminality and unnecessary arrest and detention of people suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents in their localities or face five years imprisonment without an option of fine.
He also told them to do away with lawlessness in the conduct of their affairs in their localities, stressing that, “anyone found guilty or found wanting in the discharge of his or her responsibility or harassing and humiliating anybody because of the training they have acquired will be dealt with accordingly.”
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Umar Zanna Mustapha yesterday at the Batch ‘B’ passing out parade of the 1,000 trained vigilante youths known as civilian JTF, after their three weeks routine vigorous training held at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Maiduguri, announced to the youths that henceforth, they would receive N15,000 monthly allowance plus free uniforms and kits from the state government.
Congratulating the youths for a job well done, he assured that government is ready to support them and is committed to providing conducive atmosphere for their operations.
The governor urged them to be good ambassadors and justify the confidence reposed in them.