Borno hunters, retired soldiers seek go-ahead to storm Sambisa, Gwoza

A cross section of Civilian JTF fighters in the North-East

A group comprising members of the Civilian-JTF, local hunters, retired soldiers and police officers on Thursday, in Borno State, announced their resolve to take the battle to the hideout of the Boko Haram in Sambisa and Gwoza Town.

The group decided to take the bull by the horn amidst increasing fears that the Boko Haram terrorists, who had recently attacked Bama town, might invade Maiduguri any time soon.

The group congregated at the palace of the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Elkanemi, whose royal blessing they had gone to seek.

The state coordinator of the Civilian JTF, Abba Aji Kalli, stated, “We are at the Shehu’s palace to seek for his blessings and fatherly advice, because we have all vowed to go after Boko Haram even if we are not well armed. We are optimistic that with our sticks and other local charms, we will raid all terrorists’ hideouts and kill them when given permission by the federal government.

“We in the Civilian JTF are now more motivated with the support and assurances we have now received from retired military men, local hunters and other patriotic citizens who have expressed their willingness to join us and help end the madness perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State and northeast in general.”

However, the Shehu implored the battle-ready volunteer soldiers to exercise restraint even in their shared patriotism.

He insisted they must act within the law, even as he hailed their patriotism.

“I want to thank you for this visit and all the efforts you been are making collectively and voluntarily in order to fight the Boko Haram terrorists who are bent on not only destroying our social and economic structures, but also killing innocent citizens.

“I want to also appeal to you that you should desist from political, religious or ethnic considerations while discharging your duties to your fatherland. In anything you are doing, you must make sure that you consult all other conventional security agencies so that you could work hand-in hand to end the terrorism that has been destroying us as a nation. You must not take the law into your hands despite our difficulties; we must all let the law take its course,” Mr. Elkanemi said.

This would be the second time members of the local security operatives in Borno State have threatened to storm Sambisa forest to fight the Boko Haram, relying only on their local guns, sticks, machetes, charms and amulets.
In May 2014, more than 500 members of the local vigilante and hunters had converged in Maiduguri for weeks waiting to be given a go ahead to go and rescue the Chibok school girls from the Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa.

The Borno State government had turned down their requests on the grounds that it could not sanction such an attempt at suicide.


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  • Mr. Abdin

    Where is our military.

  • John green

    It’s a shame when the only choice left now is for the civilians and citizens to carry stick, rope, cutlasses, gun for themselves when they are not hunters in a situation to just defend themselves. This is a village and a state that paid taxes as a citizen to the federal government but couldn’t find help from the same government to help provide for their security, it’s a big shame on GEJ and all his cabinet but using the avenue again to tell the world that he’s been attacked by some sects when it’s obvious that he knows lot about the situation. Let us wake up nigeria and vote for the right man for the job not mediocre. Let us embrace change

  • OMOBA

    You all supported boko haram when they were kilking only christian now that the snake you trained has turned back to bite you and you are crying. Boko haram hvn’t started. They will still bomb all of you including their oga Buhari, financier Sanusi,Atiku,Ciroma,Sheriffu, Shettima, kwankwaso,El Rufai, Nyako,Lamido,Senator Ndume and all NEF members.

    • Wähala

      Just shut up dia if you can’t contribute intelligently, we heard all those names before yet, your moron Dumbo has not arrested any of them for crimes against humanity. Dumbo is Boko Haram and the whole world now knows that except blockheads like you. Chump, go back to what you do best… ogogoro and women, leave intellectual discurse to sane minds. Ediiot.

    • Kola Adekola

      Fooolish foool

    • janjaweed3

      ihejirika?

    • peter

      Cool down, there is no need for such hate, these lots could contribute their quota in helping to stamp out Boko Haram, they know the terrain and could offer intelligence to the military. Its a fight against terrorists not a religious war.

    • Enemona

      You mention Buhari and all these people in one breath? You must be insane!

    • Factual

      Your statement confirms that Boko Haram is the handiwork of enemies of the North.

  • robo

    Have we descended to this level where hunters will take from Generals and Air Marshals?

    • HassanAbdullahi

      U see woo

  • Ilesanmi

    Who knows these people could unraveled the mystery behind BOKO HARAM. Aside remember it was when the army of the Israel had resigned itself to fate over the philistines that little DAVID came in and slaughter Goliath: I see the youngest among the volunteers kill Shakau in this battle.

  • Ilesanmi

    Who knows these people could unravel the mystery behind BOKO HARAM. Aside remember it was when the army of the Israel had resigned itself to fate over the philistines that little DAVID came in and slaughtered Goliath: I see the youngest among the volunteers kill Shakau in this battle.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    We have all failed and chickened out. I salute the courage of these ones still standing. I will always pray for them as they confront these legions of the anti Christ

  • solomon

    Useless Northerner see what they have as children looking like animals too bad

    • peter

      poor statement, They want to fight to defend their land and you sit behind your phone and insult them ? do you know what they have been going through ? Its a shame we have people like you saying stuffs like this.

      • Hamza

        Good one peter. If only you know what really is happening there, you wouldn’t stay here and be typing rubbish.

    • GodBlessNigeria

      Solomon is a man of wisdom… I see non in your statement. You have call them animals, but they have more humanity in them than you. They care and they are patriotic. May God bless their struggle and forgive your sins

  • aby

    LoL!!!!? are they ready to confront book Rama with PonPo ……

  • peter

    They should join forces with the Military and probably help them with the little information they can offer. I hope their battle to reclaim their regions will be a success.

  • mindlessgal01 (sd name)

    Even during the civil war, it was volunteers and conscripts that were sent to fight on both sides. We stupidly still have the same number of soldiers we had during peace time. Is that what Gowon did? No!

  • bello s-fulani

    I still haven’t completely lost faith and confidence in the Nigerian Armed Forces. Regular troops should work together with the civilian-JTF in order to flush out BH fighters and eliminate them.

  • Enemona

    Please go ahead!

  • Chris1408

    Permission from who? Please go ahead and fight. We have your back from a distance. LOL