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INSECURITY: Bauchi State Government Engages 10,000 Local Hunters

10,000 Local Hunters Registered By Bauchi State Government To Help Combat Banditry, Kidnapping In The State.


Alhaji Umaru Alkaleri, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Security, disclosed during an interview with journalists in the state on Sunday that the Government of Bauchi State has registered 10,000 hunters who would team up with other security agencies to help fight banditry, kidnapping, and other crimes in the state.

The initiative according to the government serves as means of youth employment and also to help reduce their restiveness, adding that it supports them to effectively carry out their responsibilities. 

According to Alkaleri, 

“ The hunters were registered across 20 local government areas of the State and they assist in routine patrol and dislodging of suspected bandits’ camps in the bush with the support of security agencies.”

Alkaleri, who is also the Chairman of the Hunters’ Association in the state, said that his members have been operating 24/7 by patrolling the nooks and crannies of the state in order to make citizens live without any fear of attacks, intimidation, or harassment by criminal elements.

“ Recently, we arrested 29 suspected kidnappers, bandits, and armed robbers in the state. We also destroyed kidnappers’ camp between Dass and Tafawa Balewa local government areas of Bauchi state,” he added. 

According to him, the Association’s State office located at Inkil has about 200 operatives alone who are on 24/7 shifts waiting for possible distress calls from any area of Bauchi metropolis for prompt response and “we have hunters operating jointly with security in all the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.”

The security aide expressed deep concern over some prosecutors and lawyers who, he alleged, connive to change initial statements made after suspects are arrested with a view to facilitating easy bail grants or even set the accused free. He further expressed gratitude to Governor Bala Mohammed for distributing patrol vehicles to hunters and security agencies which, he noted, is easing their activities.

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