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Allow us join fight against Boko Haram, Borno hunters tell army

03 January 2016, 16:21

Maiduguri - Hunters in Borno on Sunday called on the military to allow them to join in the war against insurgents in Sambisa Forest.

Malam Mai-Gana Mai-Durma, the Borno Emir of the Hunters, made the appeal in Maiduguri while addressing newsmen.

Mai-Durma said that the call became imperative because the hunters were familiar with the terrain at the dreaded forest, the hideout and operational base of the terrorists.

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``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 that the military should align them with members of the vigilance group, popularly knwon 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,'' Mai-Durma said.

He lamented that hunters from the 27 local government areas of the state had been rendered idle by the Boko Haram terrorism.

``Hunters from all the 27 Borno LGAs 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 Boko Haram terrorists,'' Mai-Durma said.

He lso appealed to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai, to assist in forwarding the request to the military authorities for consideration.



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