Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule has expressed his administration’s willingness to collaborate with hunters to curb insecurity in the state.
The governor made this known while hosting members of the Hunters Group of Nigeria at the Government House, Lafia, on Thursday. He said his administration would support them in addressing security threats such as banditry and kidnapping.
Sule noted that the hunters had been working with security agencies to tackle the scourge in some parts of the state, “but my dream is to see how the government can work closely with them and compensate them for putting their lives on the line”. However, he called on the group to co-opt other hunters that are not part of the association for easy coordination. He also called on the association’s national secretariat to unite all hunters under one umbrella for enhanced efficiency.
The governor recalled that he had visited some of the hunters that sustained injuries a few months back and received treatment at a hospital in Nasarawa. He revealed that the state government had since adopted community policing where the association’s members were trained in Makurdi. Earlier, in his remarks, Joshua Shateme, Commandant-General, Hunters Group Nigeria, said they were at the Government House, to familiarise themselves with the governor, adding that members of the association aligned with the governor in tackling security challenges.