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War Against Boko Haram: 150 Cameroonian Vigilantes Deployed By Borno Governor

MAIDUGURI, BORNO STATE, NIGERIA - No fewer than 150 Cameroonian vigilantes have been deployed by the governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara, to flush out remnants of Boko Haram from his state.

The 150 Cameroonian vigilantes are expected to collaborate with Nigerian hunters and vigilantes currently assisting the military in the ongoing battle against Boko Haram in parts of northern Borno.

In a brief ceremony in Damasak, headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area, on the fringes of the Lake Chad, the Cameroonians, who are mainly from the Kesh-Kesh vigilante group, were presented with four surveillance vehicles and other fighting equipment on Saturday (today).  

During the brief ceremony, which had in attendance the Borno State commissioner for local governments and emirate affairs, Sugun Mai-Mele and a member of the Borno State House of Assembly, representing Mobbar State constituency, Usman Moruma and other officials of the State Government, Governor Babagana Umara, who had expressed his willingness to fight insurgency in the State had in August ordered the recruitment of thousands of hunters and vigilantes from different parts of northern Nigeria.

Governor Babagana Umara, had also supported the military’s deradicalisation and reintegration of repentant insurgents programme.

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