A still from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Photo: AFP/Getty Images

As part of move to prepare for life after insurgency in Borno State, Nigeria the Government of the State has developed a blueprint for the post Boko Haram insurgency era.

Addressing newsmen in Maiduguri, Hon. Kakashehu Lawan, the State’s Commissioner of Justice said the State Governor, Kashim Shettima has developed a blue print for the post Boko Haram insurgency era in the state.

Borno State Government on Monday said that it is ready for full engagement of an estimated 20,000 members of a local vigilante group called the Civilian Joint Task force, JTF, after the Boko Haram insurgency.

Residents of Borno State have since started expressing fears that unemployed members of the Vigilante Group may become another security threat after the Boko Haram insurgency, though the commissioner said one of the agenda on the blue print is Youth Integration, which encapsulates all youths in the state including members of the civilian JTF.

Lawan added that the State Government will engage members of the group by providing jobs for and empowering them.

He further revealed that the government has made contact with the Nigerian Army authorities to enlist those qualified into the service.

Recently, there was a report that Borno State has lost over 20,000 citizens and suffered property damage worth $5.9 billion in the last seven years as a result of insurgency.

Author: Yemi Olarinre