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Borno Lost 900,000 Houses, 5,000 Classrooms to Insurgency — Zulum

At least 900,000 houses, 5,000 classrooms and 800 public buildings have been lost by Borno State to the Boko Haram insurgency, Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum, has said.

The municipal infrastructures destroyed by terrorists included police stations, traditional rulers’ houses and local government secretariats, among others, The Nation reports.

Zulum made the revelation during a visit to Zamfara State in solidarity with Governor Bello Matawalle over the recent activities of bandits in the northwest state.

He said: “We lost a total of about 900,000 to the insurgency. We lost about 5,000 classrooms in Borno State, 800 municipal buildings comprising police stations, traditional ruler houses, and local government secretariats. These are official figures; unofficial figures are more than this.”

Responding, Governor Matawalle commended Zulum for the concern and finding the time to visit Zamfara despite his own problems in Borno state.

Matawalle said: “Borno and Zamfara share a similar problem of terrorists’ attacks. I know how we share information, intelligence and the commitment of how to end these problems we inherited.

“With this commitment and prayer and the support of our people, we shall triumph.”

He said that just like in Borno State, Zamfara has recorded losses in human and material form with no fewer than 25,000 orphans, 27,000 widows and over 3,000 houses destroyed with nearly 400,000 livestock rustled in the first eight years of the menace.

Zulum also used the opportunity to present a cheque of N20 million to his Zamfara counterpart.

He was accompanied by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army Senator Ali Ndume; House of Representatives Chief Whip Tahir Monguno and others.


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