The Borno State Government has reportedly recruited 1,000 traditional hunters from different parts of the country to fight Boko Haram insurgents.
We understands that the hunters are believed to possess supernatural powers to resist gunshots and also disappear and appear — like Japanese ninjas.
It was learned that Governor Babagana Zulum has become apprehensive over the resurgence of Boko Haram in his state despite the efforts of the military.
Zulum had only Friday in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, directly engaged 30 devotees for daily supplication around Ka’aba, Islam’s holiest site, to pray for peace in the state which has been the epicentre of the insurgency since July 2009.
A source familiar with the secret recruitment told The Cable that the governor may have decided to try unconventional means to supplement efforts of the military.
He said the recruitment was intensified in the last two weeks with the traditional hunters armed and administered the oath of allegiance using the Qur’an, Islam’s most sacred book.
Although the state government has been recruiting thousands of local hunters, vigilantes and the civilian JTF for years, they were volunteers from Borno.
“This is the first time outsiders have been engaged,” the source said.
“They are being brought into Borno in batches, often during the night in order to evade public attention.”
They are provided with dane guns, swords and anything they ask for, TheCable further learnt.
The source said: “The special hunters are being identified from all parts of the north-east and north-west, in particular, and engaged by a team of trusted aides assigned by Governor Zulum.”