Group mourns hunter killed by Boko Haram during vigilance operation
The Safari Hunters Association of Nigeria (SAHAN) has mourned the death of one of its members, Alhaji Dan Asabe, who was killed during a Joint Task Force (JTF) hunters/vigilante operation against Boko Haram terrorists and bandits at Rafi Area Local Government in Niger State.
The association said Asabe, who was tragically killed alongside five other members of his team, was until his death, the grand commander and head of the Kamuku local hunters/vigilante group of Mariga, Niger State. The group said Asabe’s passing has thrown open many issues as it concerns the welfare, protection and proper combat-kitting of the JTF and other supporting associations in the fight against insurgency and banditry in the country.
A statement signed by its president, Capt. Bayo Araba, noted that the continued exposure to serious danger of the support bodies without seeming care of the Nigerian forces lends credence to the justification to stop their participation in these operations.
The members of the vigilance group in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger also threatened to suspend their operations due to the lack of the aforementioned despite sacrificing their lives to help protect the terrain.
They argued that local hunters and various hunting organisations are known to have an advantage of being better trackers and an immense support to the government forces in their respective areas. These groups, according to them, have proven to be an immeasurable asset in the fight against insurgency and banditry due to their intricate knowledge of the backwoods.
“At SAHAN, our dearly departed attended the association’s recent hunting expedition to Imuwen, Ijebu East LG of Ogun State where hunter education, communal advocacy for wildlife conservation and general hunter activities took place. He was such a very jolly good fellow. Our hero and gallant fighter gave his life so that the rest of us may be in comfort. We are indeed proud to be associated with Alhaji Dan Asabe. His memory lives on,” the association said.
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