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28 Jan 2019

We Will Recruit Local Hunters To Join The War Against Boko Haram, Shettima Declares

There are plans to recruit local hunters and vigilante groups in the war against the Boko Haram Terrorist Group by the  Borno State  Government.

Gov. Kashim Shettima, made the disclosure on Monday when Maj.- Gen. Johnson Akinroluyo, Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, paid him a courtesy call at Government House, Maiduguri, NAN reports.

Shettima said that the hunters and vigilance groups would be recruited to enhance internal security, as well as strengthen vigilance in Maiduguri and its environs.

‘‘In the next couple of days, we will be launching our own component of local hunters to reinforce your team.

‘‘We have already concluded arrangement to support them with about 30 vehicles to motivate them.

‘‘Certainly, this is election season; there will be a lot of mischief by anti-democratic elements.

‘‘So, we believe that their presence will add to your gigantic effort at restoring peace,’’ he said.

Shettima further assured the military of his government’s continuous support in the execution of counter insurgency operations in the North-east.

In his remarks, Maj. – Gen. Akinroluyo, commended Gov. Shettima for supporting the security agencies in fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the state

Akinroluyo also commended the governor for rehabilitating destroyed communities and providing enabling environment to the people to promote socio-economic activities in the state.

He called on the government and other sister security agencies to work together as partners toward ensuring return of peace in the state.

It will be recalled that Boko Haram jihadists attacked two military bases in Borno Sate, near the border with Cameroon, injuring six soldiers, two military sources told AFP on Sunday.

The attacks were the latest against military targets in the region with security becoming a major campaign issue ahead of presidential and legislative elections next month.

Early on Sunday, troops fought off an attack by fighters believed to be from the Abubakar Shekau faction of Boko Haram in the town of Pulka along the border with Cameroon.

“The terrorists attacked around 1:15 am (0015 GMT) and soldiers engaged them in a 30-minute fight, forcing them to withdraw,” a military officer said in an account confirmed by another officer.

The fighters’ intention was to attack and loot the town after overrunning the base, said the officer, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Late on Saturday, fighters from the same faction attacked another base in Logomani village near the town of Gamboru, leading to a fight that left six soldiers injured.

“Troops came under attack by Boko Haram terrorists who came in four gun trucks around 6:30 pm (1730 GMT),” the second officer told AFP.

“Six soldiers were wounded from bomb fragments,” he said.

Boko Haram has intensified attacks on military targets in the region over several months. On Wednesday and Thursday, the jihadists attacked three bases in Borno and neighbouring Yobe State, stealing weapons and burning the bases.

Boko Haram’s jihadist insurgency in northeast Nigeria has claimed 27,000 lives since 2009. More than two million people have also been forced to flee their homes, triggering a humanitarian crisis in the region.

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