Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
The House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Federal Government to transform the Civilian Joint Task Force and the local hunters assisting the military to Fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North East into a paramilitary force trained in counter-insurgency.
This resolution by the House followed a motion sponsored by Rep. Yusuf Buba Yakub.
Moving the motion, the lawmaker said considering the knowledge possessed by the Civilian Joint Task Force and the local hunters in respect of the terrain in the North East, there was the need for them to be engaged by the state and federal governments to handle security issues relating to the re-emergence of insurgency in the troubled region.
According to him, the move has become imperative because the military trained to defend the nation from external aggression cannot be continually stationed permanently in all the nooks and crannies of the North East.
“It’s therefore, apposite that the Civilian Joint Task Force and the local hunters be transformed into a paramilitary force to control insurgency and terrorism, if they reoccur, just like the Civil Defence Corps was packaged into a paramilitary force to protect oil pipelines, “he told the House.
He noted that members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and the local hunters had put their lives in the line in the war against the insurgents.
The Law Maker added that many of them had been killed by the insurgents in the course of assisting the military combat the insurgents.
He said the state and federal governments should provide the Civilian JTF with the necessary logistics, including vests, motor-cycles, vehicles, funds and other items needed for their operations.
The House adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote.