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soldiers. Babakura Zakariya (18) an okada rider, was brutally murdered in front of his home. Several eyewitnesses narrated how he was dragged out of his mother’s bedroom by JTF soldiers. He pleaded innocence and begged the soldiers to spare his life before they shot him on the head, chest and stomach. From Kaleri, to Gomari, London Chiki, Lawan Bukar, this type of killing is widespread. Mortuary attendants at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital confirmed that the majority of dead bodies either brought in by soldiers or by the locals were that of young persons suspected to have died from gunshot injuries.

Youths are Targets of Extra-Judicial Killings, Unlawful Arrests and Detention On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, a local newspaper60 reported:

Many people residing at Lawan Bukar ward in Maiduguri metropolis yesterday fled their homes because of alleged warning of clampdown by the Joint Task Force (JTF)… “I am moving out of my house together with my four children because I learnt that the military will launch manhunt of Boko Haram members here,” Ya Fati, a 44-year-old housewife and resident of Lawan Bukar said. “The fact is that if they didn’t find people that they are looking for, our male children would become the scapegoats,” Fati said. “It is certain that the JTF will clamp down on us because when soldiers were attacked here (Lawan Bukar), they (soldiers) later came back and set some houses ablaze,” another resident alleged. Negative labeling of communities as haven for extremists further expands the gateway for incessant raids and burnings of private homes, especially at night, by security forces. One such nightly round of house-to-house searches conducted on 13 February, 201261 in Budum Maiduguri, Borno State resulted in the arrest and detention of 13 youth aged between 18 – 25 years. “Three of my younger brothers aged 21, 22, 25 are still in detention”, says the community leader, Bulama of Gilimanti Ward 2, Budum area of in Maiduguri, who was also arrested that night, but later released. Till date, the 13 local youth from Budum community, Gilimanti Ward 2, Maiduguri in Borno State, have not returned while reports of disappearances of local youth are commonplace. The following youth are still held in detention centers across Maiduguri: A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H.

Alkali Bunnu Umaru Goni Imam Babakura Alhaji Amodu Abubakar Wali Mallam Goni Ibrahim Kadaru Bashir Alhaji Usman Babagana Alhaji

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Maiduguri: Daily Trust Newspaper: Residents flee hot spot for fear of JTF excesses by Hamza Idris, Maiduguri Tuesday, 05 June 2012 05:00 61 Around 9 am on the night on February 13. DEMOLISHING FOUNDATIONS OF PEACE

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