Adamawa State bans operations of Professional Hunters Association
Rebecca Mu’azu, Yola
The Adamawa State Government has banned the operations of the Professional Hunters Association of Nigeria across the 21 Local Government Areas of the State, especially in Demsa, Numan, Lamurde, Guyuk and Shelleng.
A statement by the government said the development followed reports of abuse of the rules of engagement and lack of regard to the traditional institution and security agencies.
“The operations and activities of the association in the 5 Local Governments has become a source of concern and insecurity instead of the security it is fashioned to provide,” Governor Fintiri said.
He noted that activities of the Professional Hunters Association were capable of causing a public disturbance and henceforth should desist from performing any function under the guise of providing security to the public.
According to Governor Fintiri, “More worrisome is the fact that the association operates independent of any security organisation in the 5 Local Government areas, thereby giving room for suspicion of their motive and intentions especially that they operate in uniforms of our security agencies and at odd hours.“
Governor Fintiri, however, said no group or individual would be allowed to take the law into their hands or be allowed to disrespect security agencies and the traditional institution.
He, therefore, directed security agencies to ensure that the proscribed Professional Hunters Association adhere to the decision because the government would not fold its arms and watch criminals have their way.
“I urge security agencies and the traditional institution to collaborate and ensure that peace is maintained across the State before, during and after the Yuletide and new year festivities,” said Governor Fintiri.