A TOTAL of 177 houses, shops and vehicles were destroyed in the recent clash between the military Joint Task Force (JTF) and Boko Haram insurgents in Gwange Ward of Borno State, when the terrorists allegedly detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on Lagos Street, which killed several people, including soldiers.
According to the Garbai Committee on Boko Haram
Mayhem, the estimated value of the destroyed property, including vehicles, is N187.8 million.
Presenting the committee’s report to Governor Kashim Shettima yesterday at the Government House, Maiduguri, Chairman of the panel, Alhaji Babakaka Bashir Garbai said in Gwange ward, 142 houses, 21 vehicles and 14 tricycles were destroyed in the clashes between the JTF and the Boko Haram sect on October 8, 2012.
Garbai, who doubles as the Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said: “Before arriving at these estimates and the level of destruction to property and vehicles caused by the bombings and clashes in Gwange ward between the security operatives and insurgents, the committee members exercised fairness and justice in submitting their report, as directed by the governor for prompt intervention and assistance to victims of the Boko Haram insurgents.”
The governor said the committee members had carried out their responsibilities without fear or favour, promising that the payment of N187.8 million will be expedited to cushion the sufferings of the victims.
“This administration is very much delighted with your good works and findings. I assure that before the end of this week, we will purchase vehicles and distribute to those victims whose vehicles were destroyed in the Boko Haram mayhem,” the governor assured the 12-member committee.