4,500 hunters to join forces to end insurgency

InsurgentsIN a renewed war to wipe out the existence of the deadly Boko Haram sect from the North-East region, 500 hunters have been recruited from other states to join forces with Adamawa State hunters to ensure the December deadline to end insurgency is met.

The Adamawa State House of Assembly member representing Madagali Constituency, Mr. Emmanuel Tsamdu, who confirmed the advancement of the newly-recruited hunters to Sambisa Forest, pointed out that the recruitment of the hunters to complement the efforts of government security agents was the efforts of few individuals from Madagali Local Council, which is the main battlefield for the insurgents.

Tsamdu, who spoke with journalists in Yola, said that based on the success achieved by the hunters in the area within the few days they started operations, it is crystal clear that if government supports them logistically, the hunters will invade the Sambisa Forest and can locate the Chibok girls.

He said: “From what I have seen from the operations of these hunters in my constituency recently, it is clear that if they are giving logistical support by government, the December deadline may not reach before the North-East would have dislodged the insurgents. What people do not understand is that hunters are used to the forest like Sambisa than the military; they earn their living by staying in the bush or forest, so they understand the terrain more than any other person.”

He said the absence of security in his constituency is the motivation that pushed him and few others to pull their resources together to ensure the area has security protection and the few residents living around are protected.

“If you enter Madagali now, there is no house standing, there is no one church standing, there is no school standing, you cannot see any living animal in Madagali. All have been taken away by Boko Haram insurgents.

He dismissed claims that government has been providing assistance to victims of insurgents in his constituency, saying that only few individuals like the Bishop of Catholic Dioceses of Yola, Dr. Stephen Mamza and foreign organisations who stood strongly behind the travails of Madagali people.

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