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Monday, 4 January 2016
Borno Hunters want to join military in Sambisa forest
Hunters in Borno State yesterday called on the military to allow them join in the war against insurgents in Sambisa Forest, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
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This would not be the first time the hunters would offer to help. In September 2014, about 12,000 volunteers, including hunters, gathered in Maiduguri, at the palace of the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Umar Ibn- Garbai Elkanemi and urged government to accept their services in the war against terror.
In November of the same year, over 30,000 hunters and the civilian JTF were reportedly mobilised by the Emir of Mubi in Adamawa State, and they liberated Mubi town from the clutches of Boko Haram, killing several insurgents in the process.
Regardless, Mallam Mai- Gana Mai-Durma, Borno emir of the hunters, appealed in Maiduguri when he told newsmen that the call became imperative because they are familiar with the terrain of the dreaded forest, hideout and operational base of the terrorists.
“We are appealing to the military authorities to allow us join the fight against Boko Haram at the Sambisa Forest.We are ready to pursue the terrorists because we know the terrain very well,’’ Mai-Durma said.
He said the military should align them with members of the vigilance group, popularly known as the Civilian JTF, for effective result.
“We will overrun Sambisa in partnership with members of the civilian JTF if given the opportunity.
“This will help to complement the effort of military in the anti terrorism operation.’’
“Hunters from all the 27 Borno local government areas are all in Maiduguri with our leaders doing nothing at present because of Boko Haram.
“Rather than idling away, we will want to assist the military in crushing the terrorists,’’ Mai-Durma said.
He also appealed to the Shehu of Borno, to assist in forwarding their request to the military authorities for consideration.