Shet­tima lauds en­list­ment of civil­ian JTF mem­bers into army

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Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima of Borno State yesterday lauded the Nige­rian Army for re­cruit­ing 250 lo­cal vig­i­lantes called Civil­ian JTF from the state into the Nige­rian Army.

Shet­tima made the dis­clo­sure when he re­ceived some of the re­cruits who vis­ited him at the Govern­ment House, Maiduguri af­ter suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing their seven months train­ing in Zaria.

He said the re­cruit­ment had safe­guarded the fu­ture of the vig­i­lantes who were true he­roes of the state.

“Today I am proud to wel­come some of our he­roes, who had helped in bring­ing back hope to the state fol­low­ing the Boko Haram in­va­sion. These true sons of the state have suc­cess­fully com­pleted their train­ing into the Nige­rian Army af­ter they had been short­listed and screened,’’ Shet­tima said.

He said the sol­diers were re­cruited in batches by the Nige­rian Army dur­ing its var­i­ous re­cruit­ment ex­er­cises.

Shet­tima ap­pealed to the army high com­mand to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties of post­ing the new sol­diers to the state to con­tinue their fight against the Boko Haram ter­ror­ists.

“Al­though you are now Nige­rian sol­diers, not Borno sol­diers, you can be posted to serve in Sokoto, Kebbi or even Abak­i­liki.

“I wish to ap­peal to the mil­i­tary high com­mand to look at the pos­si­bil­ity of post­ing you back home to con­tinue with the fight against the Boko Haram mad­ness,’’ he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the ap­peal was based on the fact that the trainees had good knowl­edge of the ter­rain in the state.

Also, Al­haji Kakashehu Lawan, the Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice, said the sol­diers were re­cruited based on un­der­stand­ing by the army au­thor­i­ties.

“When the Nige­rian Army ad­ver­tised for re­cruit­ment, we pleaded with them to help fill our slots with the Civil­ian JTF mem­bers in line with the Fed­eral Char­ac­ter prin­ci­ple.

“The Chief of Army Staff ap­proved the re­quest based on the con­di­tion that they must meet the nec­es­sary re­quire­ments, they met them and were re­cruited,’’ Lawan said. NAN

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