By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI—The Borno State Government has asked communities living in border towns with Cameroon to form vigilante groups which would help security agencies fish out Boko Haram members in their areas.
Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zanna Mustapha gave this directive when he visited the areas following reports that thousands of them were fleeing to the neighbouring Cameroun Republic, as a result of alleged harassment by members of the Joint Task Force, JTF, which suspects them of harbouring Boko Haram insurgents in their communities.
Mustapha, however, promised that those selected would be paid some stipends by the state government.
The Deputy Governor who addressed traditional, religious leaders and other stakeholders, said they should select between about 150 and 200 volunteer youths in each of their communities who would be paid monthly allowances by the state government for assisting the security agencies in their onerous task of ridding the state of Boko Haram members, as such job should not be left to the JTF alone.
About 15,000 people living in some of the border towns were allegedly said to have fled to Cameroun following the insecurity occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram insurgents in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.
The Nigerians who fled to Cameroun were living in Ashigashiya, Ngoshe, Jubrili and the other mountainous areas of Gwoza before they moved into the Cameroun Republic.
The people who spoke when the Borno State Deputy Governor visited the area yesterday vowed not come back into the country until the security situation in the area improved.