- The Borno state govt has mobilised hundreds of local hunters to be inducted into the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in the state
- Gov Kashim Shettima said the hunters have been mobilised at a secret location, and that the government is working round the clock to provide all their logistical needs
- Shettima said it is the duty of government to provide security to the citizens
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, Premium Times reports.
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Legit.ng gathers that 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.
He said: “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 assured Akinroluyo of the state government's willingness to support the soldiers in the frontlines; adding that it is the duty of government to provide security to the citizens.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Kashim Shettima wept during his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over renewed Boko Haram attack in the state.
The governor met with the president alongside elders of the state on Monday, January 7. Among those in attendance were the three senators of the state, reps, the APC's governorship candidate, traditional and religious leaders.
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