The Adamawa state government has opted to train and enlist the services of 10,000 local hunters, vigilantes and civilian JTF in liberating towns captured by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The government has agreed to train the local hunters to change their perception , so that they would execute their duties according to the rule of engagement. As part of efforts to fortify the trouble areas in the state against the onslaught of the Islamist extremists, the government has agreed to deploy the services of the local hunters.
The state governor, Mr Bala James Ngilari , on Monday made the disclosure through his spokesman, Mr PP Elisha, shortly after an emergency meeting with security chiefs in the state. Elisha declared that at least 10,000 hunters will be enlisted in the scheme as members of the local vigilante known as the Civilian JTF, to fortify the towns and aid the security forces in dislodging the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.
He stated that the group would be called ‘’Civilian JTF ‘’ and saddled with the responsibility to assist law enforcement agencies in their job of providing security to the society.
"That is why they sometimes join the military at the check points,” he explained. “This does not give them a licence to take laws into their hands by harassing or arresting innocent members of the society.’