Borno State government has inducted one thousand hunters to join existing ones in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram insurgency.
The hunters are to provide dedicated protection to farmers who cultivate crops in outskirts of Jere local government where over 70 farmers were killed in November 2020 as well as farms in parts of Maiduguri metropolis, Konduga and Mafa Local Government Areas.
Inaugurating the hunters in Gongulong, Jere local government, Governor Babagana Zulum said local hunters have effectively contributed in the fight against insurgency.
According to him, their active participation prompted the state government to engage in the recruitment of more hunters to assist the military in their commendable efforts to end the insurgency.
In a welcome address, member representing Jere at the House of Representatives, Satomi Ahmed, lauded Zulum for his foresight and determination to secure lives and property of Borno people.
The Governor had earlier increased and automated monthly allowances of all volunteers, provided kits, surveillance tools and allocated hundreds of vehicles to units in all of Borno’s 27 local government areas.
The administration of Governor Zulum has since 2019, engaged the services of thousands of hunters drawn from different parts of northern Nigeria, to join volunteers in the civilian JTF and vigilantes.
The newly inducted hunters have passed through security vetting by the Department of State Services DSS and the military.