The Nigerian Army has assured members of the Vigilante/Hunters Association in Borno state of its readiness to collaborate with them in the ongoing war against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.
The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division Brigadier-General Abdulmalik Biu gave the assurance in Maiduguri during a meeting with Vigilante/Hunters Association led by its Chairman, Alhaji Maigana Maidarma.
He stated that the meeting was timely and will afford them an opportunity to discuss possible ways of ending the insurgency in the region.
Biu commended them for their hunting prowess and familiarity of the terrain and urged them to proffer solutions that will help in effectively checkmating the menace of the Boko Haram terrorists.
He also reassured them of adequate support from the commanders in the field to aid them in discharging their roles, adding that fighting insurgency needs a collective effort of every individual.
The acting GOC charged the hunters to provide credible and intelligence information that will assist in the apprehension of the terrorists.
Earlier in his remarks, the chairman of the association, Maidarma, assured the acting GOC of the support of his members who he promised will leverage on their knowledge of Sambisa Forest in assisting the Army to fight the terrorists.
While promising that members of the association will guide troops to smoke out Boko Haram members from their hideout, he enumerated some of the challenges confronting the hunters and vigilantes to include lack of mobility and weapons to engage the insurgents.
The chairman expressed delight with the efforts of the present leadership of the Nigerian Army as never witnessed before towards partnering with the Association and pledged their support to surmount the insurgency across the North-East.