A total of 1000 local hunters have on Thursday been commissioned to provide security to farmers in safe locations of Borno State.
Governor of Borno, Babagana Zulum, oversaw the induction of the hunters at an elaborate ceremony that was held in the Gongulong ward of Jere local government.
The hunters, according to the governor, are to join “existing ones in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram”.
The 1000 farmers are also to be deployed to other parts of Konduga and Mafa Local Government Areas as well.
Isa Gusau, the spokesman of Governor Zulum, informed the Dandal Kura Radio International that the 1,000 inductees were approved “after each of them completed security vetting by the DSS and the military”.
The member representing Jere at the House of Representatives, Satomi Ahmed, praised Governor Zulum for his “foresight and determination to secure lives and property of Borno people.”
Top Borno government functionaries comprising the Secretary to Borno State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa, the head of civil service, Barrister Simon Malgwi, and other commissioners attended the event among other government officials.
Borno state government had in August 2019 launched a Nigerian Security and Civil defence Corps(NSCDC)-led agro rangers squad whose sole responsibility was to provide safety at designated farmlands.