Thousands of local hunters from the north-east part of Nigeria gathered recently in Adamawa State for their annual oath-taking festival, also known as ‘Salala’. The hunters who were dressed in warfare attires, and armed with Dane guns, vowed to combat criminals in the society and fight Boko Haram insurgents.
Led by their head Muhammad Tola, they appealed the military to make use of their members in the fight against terrorism and other social vices. Tola claimed the hunters had so far played significant roles in the fight against Boko Haram, adding that they were familiar with the terrain in dreaded forests, like the Sambisa forest.
“We are ready to pursue the terrorists because we know the terrain very well,” Mr. Tola said.
“We are appealing to the military authorities to allow us join the fight against Boko Haram at the Sambisa forest.”
Earlier in November 2014, the Adamawa State Government announced that it was officially enlisting the services of local hunters and vigilantes, called Civilian JTF, to fight the insurgency in the area and liberate communities that were already captured. The local hunters were said to have recaptured Maiha and Mubi local governments, killing at least 75 Boko Haram insurgents