The 1,000 new protectors are to work with existing vigilantes and civil defence operatives in their ongoing campaign to protect farmers from being killed by Boko Haram.
The hunters are to provide dedicated protection to farmers who cultivate crops in the outskirts of Jere, where over 70 farmers were killed in November 2020 as well as to dabble into farms in some parts of Maiduguri metropolis, Konduga and Mafa Local Government Areas.
Zulum has since 2019, engaged the services of thousands of hunters drawn from different parts of northern Nigeria, to join volunteers
The Governor also increased and automated monthly allowances of all volunteers, providing kits, surveillance tools and allocated hundreds of vehicles to units in all of Borno’s 27 local government areas.
The induction of the latest set of 1,000 additional hunters was done at Gongulong ward, weeks after each of them completed security vetting by the DSS and the military.
The event was attended by Secretary to Borno State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa, and Head of Service, Barrister Simon Malgwi.
“Our local hunters have become part of our success story because of their active involvement in trying to address the security challenges we have been facing in the state. This largely prompted us to engage in the recruitment of more hunters to assist our gallant military in their undeniable and commendable efforts to end the insurgency” Zulum said.
Speaking, a member representing Jere at the House of Representatives, Satomi Ahmed, lauded Zulum for his foresight and determination to secure the lives and property of the Borno people.
In the new drive for Borno hunters to protect farmers, the Governor has been combining mass recruitment and equipping of more counter-insurgency volunteers into the C-JTF, hunters, and vigilantes, with support for the Nigerian Armed forces, and provision of education, and socio-economic support to vulnerable persons across the state.