The Borno Government on Monday said about one million private houses had been destroyed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in the few years of their terror campaign in the state. Gov. Kashim Shettima disclosed this while receiving former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Maiduguri. “Tens of thousands of our innocent citizens were brutally killed; married and single women were abducted and raped; our sons were forced into becoming child-soldiers; “More than 2 million citizens were internally displaced in camps and host communities in Maiduguri alone.
“Others fled to different parts of Nigeria including Lagos, some fled to neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon,” Shettima said. He added: “Recently, we carried out a post conflict assessment in accordance with international best practices that are verifiable through satellite images and physical analysis, and based on our assessment we discovered that about 1 million private houses were destroyed by insurgents across the 27 local government areas in the state. “
A total of 5,335 classrooms and other school buildings were destroyed in primary, secondary schools and two tertiary institutions.’’ Shettima added: “ A total of 512 primary schools, 38 secondary schools as well as two tertiary institutions of Umar Ibn Elkanemi College of Education, Science and Technology in Bama, and College of Business and Management Studies in Konduga were affected. Read more