Ekhomu calls for 10,000 vigilantes

Security expert, Dr Ona Ekhomu, has advised the
Borno State government to immediately hire 10,000 Borno youths into a robust
vigilance force to defend the state alongside the military, the police, the
paramilitary and the civilian JTF. 
According to him, the absence of a capable guardian was what facilitated
the Borno massacre that occurred last Saturday.

Ekhomu, who is President of the Association
Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, said that hiring the
10,000-man youth vigilance force will provide protection of the rural populations
against incessant terror attacks. The vigilance initiative will also help
Governor Zulum to fulfill his campaign promise to hire Borno youths to secure
the state. The Borno Vigilance Force, which should employ able-bodied youths,
who must receive musketry, martial arts and security tactics training, will be
willing to take the fight to the terrorists to defend their home state against
the implacable jihadists.

Said he: “What the vigilance group lacks is superior
fire power, it will make up for in manpower.”

Ekhomu said that rural dwellers were targeted by
Boko Haram insurgents because they are “soft targets” and are considered
legitimate targets.   According to him the
absence of a capable guardian in the Borno countryside was a huge vulnerability
that the terrorists were exploiting. He explained that the goal of Boko Haram
is to get citizens to lose faith in the government. The constant slaughter of
rural dwellers, which is causing so much pain and grief is likely to achieve
that goal.

Ekhomu, who is West Africa’s first chartered security expert, said that the Borno Vigilance Force will act as force multipliers for the military and ensure greater security. The killing of the rice farmers just 20 kilometres from Maiduguri showed that the entire state was unsafe.   

Post by Chinyere Onyemachi

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