23 July 2024

After tragic massacre of farmers, Borno LG recruits 200 volunteers to tackle bandits


Jere Local Government Area of Borno State is recruiting no fewer than 200 youth volunteers to augment the state Civilian Joint Taskforce and the Nigerian security forces’ effort at ending insurgency in the state and the North-East sub-region.

The new Chairman of the council, Umar Gujja, 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 said 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.

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