Hunters in Borno State have called on the military to allow them join in the war against Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa Forest.
Malam Mai-Gana Mai-Durma, the Borno Emir of the Hunters, made the appeal in Maiduguri while addressing newsmen on Sunday.
“We are appealing to the military authorities to allow us join the fight against Boko Haram at the Sambisa forest.
“We are ready to pursue the terrorists because we know the terrain very well,” Mai-Durma was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria to have said..
He appealed to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai, to assist the hunters in forwarding the request to the military authorities for consideration.
“We will overrun Sambisa in partnership with members of the civilian JTF if given the opportunity.
“This will help to complement the effort of military in the anti terrorism operation,” Mai-Durma said.
He lamented that hunters from the 27 local government areas of the state had been rendered idle by the Boko Haram insurgents over years of attacks.
“Hunters from all the 27 Borno LGAs are all in Maiduguri with our leaders doing nothing at present because of Boko Haram.
“Rather than idling away, we will want to assist the military in crushing Boko Haram terrorists,” Mai-Durma said.