Joint Military Task Force (JTF): Hybrid governmentsecurity forces, primarily comprised of military, police, and State SecurityService personnel, deployed to various northern Nigerian states to respond tothe Boko Haram violence.
Human Rights Watch conducted 135interviews with 91 witnesses and victims of Boko Haram attacks or securityforces abuses, as well as with lawyers, civil society activists, journalists,religious leaders, military and police officials, senior officials at the federalMinistry of Justice, a judge, diplomats, and foreign aid workers.
After capturing Yusuf on July 30, soldiers took him to Giwamilitary barracks in Maiduguri for interrogation.Video footage from the interrogation shows him with a bandage on his left arm. Thecommander of a military task force in Maiduguri, Col. Ben Ahonatu, said he thenhanded Yusuf over to the police.Human Rights Watch interviewed a journalist as well as a 24-year-old woman wholived near the police headquarters in Maiduguri who both said they witnessedpolice shooting Yusuf inside the police compound early that evening. The24-year-old woman described what she saw:
A widow of a police officer killedin the barracks told Human Rights Watch how Boko Haram gunmen shot her in theleg, prompting her husband, an officer who had served for 30 years in thepolice force, to come out of their house:
As the bodies piled up outside the headquarters the policemade no attempt to hide their actions, witnesses said. Members of the publicand even the police themselves video recorded executions with their mobiletelephones. On February 9, 2010, Al Jazeera television aired video footageof police officers killing seven men outside the front gate of theheadquarters. 781b155fdc