Babagana Umara Zulum, Borno state governor, on Thursday, inducted 1,000 hunters into the fight against Boko Haram.
The role of the hunters is to protect farmers who cultivate crops in the outskirts of Jere, Maiduguri metropolis, Konduga and Mafa LGAs of the state.
The 1,000 hunters were inducted weeks after they completed security vetting by the Department of State Services (DSS) and the military.
“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,” the governor said.
“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.”
In a welcome address, Satomi Ahmed, member representing Jere at the house of representatives, praised Zulum for his determination to secure the lives and property of Borno people.
Zulum has since 2019 engaged the services of thousands of hunters drawn from different parts of northern Nigeria, to join volunteers in the civilian JTF and vigilantes.
The induction event was attended by Usman Jidda Shuwa, secretary to Borno state government; Simon Malgwi, the head of service, commissioners and other government officials.