Boko Haram: Shettima makes 500 traditional hunters swear with Quran, Bible not to betray military

To eliminate any doubts that could arise at the battle front, Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima on Wednesday evening presided over the administration of oaths of allegiance, using the Quran and Bible, to 500 traditional hunters, made up of Muslims and Christians, who will be sent out to support soldiers fighting Boko Haram in some locations of the state. The oath was witnessed by representatives of the military and the state’s Commissioner of Police,  at the multi-purpose hall of the government house in Maiduguri, after which the Governor allocated operational vehicles to the hunters, assured them of payment of monthly allowances and donated hundreds of bags in food items to support their families.
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“May anyone who reveals our strategy to Boko Haram or betrays allegiance to the military and Government in anyway be consumed by this oath” leader of the traditional hunters, Mai Durma announced after administering the oaths. Durma told fellow hunters to be mindful of what they swore to and commit themselves to efforts in regain peace in the state.
Although the hunters, believed to have traditional fighting skills, had undergone thorough background screening for months, their leader Mai Durma was made to before the Governor, administer oath of allegiance to each of the hunters who swore not to share with anyone whatever part of the military’s operational plan they may come to know or betray allegiance to the military, federal or state government in by the slightest sympathy or association with insurgents or their agents.
Governor Shettima said renewed attacks by insurgents in some parts of the State necessitated the fresh deployment of traditional hunters who have volunteered to compliment progresses being recorded by gallant soldiers. He also said even though there was no doubt concerning the sincerity of the traditional hunters selected, the oath was to eliminate any doubt which could arise especially since unlike the Civilian JTF who have worked longer with soldiers, engagement of the traditional hunters was comparatively new.
Earlier introducing the hunters to Governor Shettima, Borno State’s Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barister Kaka Shehu Lawal, who is a member of the state’s security council and whose ministry coordinates counter insurgency volunteers through a department of civil rights protection, recalled that “couple of months back in one of the state’s security council meetings attended by heads of military, police, DSS and other para-military formations in the state, the council resolved to engage 500 gallant traditional hunters to compliment efforts of our security forces” and in furtherance, selection and screening was as done through the leadership of the traditional hunters.
“It is in view of the security council’s resolution that we present to you these set of gallant hunters for inauguration” Shehu told Shettima.
Leader of the hunters, Mai Durma assured of his members’ combat readiness and allegiance to the Nigerian Army and Government as they offer to fight in defense of Borno people and Nigeria’s sovereignty.

*Photo: Governor Kashim Shettima {holding microphone} ‎while addressing 500 traditional hunters after they were administered oath of allegiance ahead of their deployment to join the military in fighting Boko Haram… on Wednesday evening in Maiduguri.



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