The Nigerian Hunters Council, on Tuesday in Abuja urged the National Assembly to ensure early passage of the Nigerian Hunters Bill 2020.
The Commander General of the council, Mr Joshua Osatimehin, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
According to Osatimehin, passing the bill into law would give the outfit the necessary legal backing to combat crime.
He explained that the bill had proposed to recognise the Nigerian Hunters Council as a federal security outfit that would complement the efforts of security agencies in fighting insecurity in Nigeria.
“The bill which is sponsored by Sen. Olujimi Abiodun (Ekiti) and was presented to NASS in 2020, has passed first and second reading in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“It is geared towards enhancing the council’s efforts in rendering security services in bushes and local communities across the country.
“With headquarters in Abuja, commands in the 36 states of the federation, the FCT and volunteers who are mostly youths, NHC operates like a paramilitary organisation,’’ Osatimehin said.