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Terrorists have destroyed 1 million houses in Borno – Shettima

Shettima made the disclosure on Monday, March 28, 2016, while receiving former President, Olusegun Obasanjo in Maiduguri.

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Shettima made the disclosure on Monday, March 28, 2016, 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,” Shettima said according to Vanguard.

“Others fled to different parts of Nigeria including Lagos, some fled to neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon. 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. 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.

“These are in addition to other monumental economic losses suffered by millions of citizens as well as huge quantum of funds expended by government on complimentary services to the military, rebuilding communities initially destroyed before they were occupied as well as rehabilitating victims because we figured out that we had to be paying some sort of compensation to victims so that they do not join Boko Haram out of frustration,” he added.

Shettima also revealed that former president, Goodluck Jonathan did not discuss the 2014 Chibok abduction with him until 19 days after the girls had been taken.

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