Ido da Ido (Face to Face)
Promoting peaceful relationships between communities and Civilian Joint Task Forces in Nigeria
This project supported formalised vigilante groups, formally referred to as Civilian Joint Task Forces (CJTF), by promoting their positive roles as community peacekeepers in northeast Nigeria.
In the face of weak, uncoordinated and ineffective military action against the insurgency in the north, vigilante groups have gained prominence. Officially armed and authorised by authorities, CJTF conduct security operations alongside government security forces in villages and local government areas (LGAs).
This project trained community leaders, security forces and CJTF members in peacebuilding, human rights and mediation. It also provides mentoring to CJTF leaders so they can engage with other group members on issues of human rights, community dialogue and the promotion of peaceful relationships in communities.
More broadly, this project was aimed at preventing CJTF members from exploiting their powers and ensuring they do not employ the same violent and intimidating tactics as the insurgents.
The project was implemented in Maiduguri metropolitan council and some parts of Jere LGA in Borno state.
The project led to a shift of the community’s negative perspective of the role of the CJTF, with 98% of women and 91% of men confirming there was now a positive relationship between CJTF and their communities. Alert facilitated the development of a code of conduct for CJTF members. In June 2019, a CJTF member was arrested for acts of torture, and was promptly reprimanded based on the provisions of the code of conduct.
This project ran from August 2018 to November 2019.