Council chairman recruits 200 volunteers to tackle insurgency in Borno.


By Ismail Auwal

The Chairman of Jere Local Government Area of Borno State Umar Gujja is employing no fewer than 200 youth volunteers to compliment the state Civilian Joint Taskforce and the Nigerian security forces’ effort at ending insurgency in the state.

The new Chairman in a statement, said the volunteers would be deployed to farmlands to provide security to the farming populace of the mostly agrarian community.

Gujja who disclosed these while reacting to the massacre of farmers in Zabarmari last year said:

“That tragic incident remains the darkest moment for us as a local government. That such a large number of our people are slain like rams on their farmlands is a testimony to the security challenge confronting us as a people and as leaders.

“It is therefore the responsibility of us, the elected leaders, to proffer solutions to this security challenge. That is why we are recruiting able bodied youths as volunteers to first of all secure our immediate communities and our farms since we are purely an agrarian local government.”

He added that, the volunteers would be trained and provided with local arms to help in their operations and added that they would work under the strict supervision of the Nigerian military.

The council chairman stated, “The Nigerian military are the major actors in the counter-insurgency fight. So, the volunteers will work under their instructions and order.

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