Borno govt to deploy hunters to fight Boko Haram
The governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, on Monday, January 28, disclosed that his government has mobilised hundreds of local hunters to be inducted into the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the state.
Premium Times reports that Shettima said the local hunters will be given a crash training by the military before their deployment to guard the fringes of the hinterland.
The governor made this known while hosting the new Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Benson Akinroluyo, who paid him a courtesy call.
According to him, ”The local hunters have been mobilised at a secret location while the government is working round the clock to provide all their logistical needs.
“In the next couple of days, we will launch our own component of the counterinsurgency force made up of hunters and vigilante operatives.
“We have already volunteered about 30 vehicles to support their operation. And we will hand them over to the military command to help reinforce security and stabilise the situation in the state.
“They are to specifically enhance the security of Maiduguri and environs and most especially the outlined parts of the metropolis.
“Now that the election is on there will be a lot of mischief by the anti-democratic elements to disrupt the democratic process.” Shettima said it is the duty of government to provide security to the citizens.
The governor assured Akinroluyo, a major general, of his administration’s willingness to give support to the soldiers in the frontline so as to help return peace to the state.
Meanwhile, we had reported that hundreds of local hunters in Borno have been mobilised by the state government, to be inducted into the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the state.
The development was made public by the state governor, Kashim Shettima, on Monday, January 28, during a courtesy visit from the new theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Benson Akinroluyo.
Shettima said before being deployed to guard the fringes of the hinterland, the hunters would be given a crash training by the military.
The governor said the local hunters have been mobilised at a secret location. He added that the government is working round the clock to provide all their logistical needs.