The governor of Borno, Babagana Zulum, has inaugurated 1000 volunteer hunters to complement the efforts of security agencies in protecting farmers against attacks on their farms.
With the return of relative peace, some farmers have expanded their activities in the outskirts of Maiduguri and neighbouring Jere, Mafa and Konduga LGAs.
Addressing the hunters at a ceremony in Khaddamari village on Thursday, Mr Zulum lauded them for the sacrifice in supporting his administration to sustain peace and security in the state.
He assured them of logistic support and monthly allowances to ginger them in the onerous task.
“What we are witnessing today is the screened 1000 members of volunteer hunters that are willing to protect the farming communities in four local government areas.
“These farming communities are within Maiduguri, Jere, Mafa and Konduga LGAs,” Mr Zulum said.
He lauded the representative of Jere Federal Constituency, Ahmed Satomi, and State Assembly members from the affected local government areas for their contribution in mobilising the hunters.
Mr Satomi said the decision to mobilise the hunters who had been screened by relevant security agencies was in line with the commitment of the state government to enhance security in the state.