Local hunters who are very abreast of the inner workings of Sambisa Forest have indicated their willingness to join in the search for the girls that were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State more than four weeks ago.
The hunters are throwing themselves into the forests where the Nigerian military have failed totally to record any success in locating the girls and capturing leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau.
The AFP reported that the hunters numbering about 500 are between the age of 18 to 80 years and are claiming to have armed themselves with charms that would shield them from guns and tanks of the dread sect, Boko Haram.
One of the spokesman for the hunters told AFP, “We’re not saying we are better than the soldiers, but we know the bush better than the soldiers. We are seasoned hunters, the bush is our culture and we have the powers that defy guns and knives; we are real men of courage, we trust in Allah for protection, but we are not afraid of Boko Haram. If government is ready to support us, then we can bring back the girls. But if they are not, they should tell us so that we can disband and return to our homes and family,” said one elderly hunter, Baban Kano.