- In a bid to impressively curtail the activities of Boko Haram insurgents, the Nigerian Army has resolves to work with vigilante-hunter association in Borno
- The acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Brigadier-General Abdulmalik Biu, who gave made this public commended members of the association for their hunting skills
- Biu noted that members of the group, being conversant with the local terrain, will be useful to the army in providing intelligence information for key operations
The Nigerian Army has assured the vigilante and hunters association in Borno that it is ready to collaborate with them in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the north-east, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
According to a statement by Brigadier-General Texas Chukwu, the army spokesman, the acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Brigadier-General Abdulmalik Biu, gave the assurance when he met with the members of the association led by its chairman, Alhaji Maigana Maidarma.
Biu noted the hunting prowess of members of the association and their familiarity with the terrain of the state and urged them to proffer solutions that would help in effectively checkmating the menace of the Boko Haram terrorists.
He said the meeting was timely and would afford them an opportunity to discuss possible ways towards ending insurgency in the region.
Biu called on them to provide credible and intelligence information that would assist in the apprehension of the terrorists, adding that fighting insurgency requires collective effort.
Earlier, Maidarma, assured the GOC of their support and promised to leverage on the association’s knowledge of Sambisa forest in assisting the army in its operations.
He, however, enumerated some of the challenges confronting the association to include lack of mobility and weapons to engage the insurgents.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the Nigerian Army, on Thursday, April 26, released a warning to residents of Maiduguri in Borno, asking them not to panic but remain in their houses as tension spread between soldiers and Boko Haram invaders.
“The general public is please requested not to panic and discountenance rumours of Boko Haram presence.
“You are further enjoined enjoined to please remain at home and be vigilant. The security situation in Maiduguri is under control,” a short statement from Colonel Kingsley Samuel, the deputy director of Army public relations, said.
Nigerian Air Force Operations Against Boko Haram | NAIJ.com TV