An estimated 10,000 local hunters from the North-east of Nigeria gathered recently in Adamawa State for their annual oath-taking festival, known as Salala in the local parlance, Premium Times reports
The hunters, dressed in their warfare attires, and with their Dane guns dangling over their shoulders, vowed to rid the society of criminals. They appealed to the government to make use of their members in the fight against terrorism and other social vices.
The leader of the hunters in Adamawa, Muhammad Tola, who claimed the hunters had so far played significant roles in the fight against Boko Haram, said hunters were familiar with the terrain in dreaded forests, like the Sambisa forest.
“We are ready to pursue the terrorists because we know the terrain very well,” Mr. Tola said.
“We are appealing to the military authorities to allow us join the fight against Boko Haram at the Sambisa forest.”
Mr. Tola said the hunters needed the government to assist them with ammunition, transportation and logistics.