July 12, 2024

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Boko Haram killed 13 district heads, other leaders – Shehu of Borno

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The Shehu of Borno , Alhaji Garbai Elkanemi , has
lamented that 13 district heads and several ward heads
( Bulamas ) have been killed in his emirate at the peak
of the ongoing crisis by the Boko Haram terrorist
group .
The monarch made the disclosure in Maiduguri during
a courtesy visit by a delegation of the Senate
Committee on Special Duties , led by Senator Abubakar
Yusuf , who were in Borno State to assess the
performance of the North- East Development
Commission . Elkanemi lamented that the decade – old crisis had also
displaced thousands of people , who were now taking
refuge in displaced persons ’ camps across the state .
He claimed that the crisis started in the state in July
2009 following a disagreement between the Izala and
Yusufiya Islamic sects .
Elkanemi lamented that the crisis later snowballed into
attacks on police stations and stealing of ammunition
from police formations .
He said , “ Gradually , they moved their operations from
Maiduguri to local government headquarters and other
towns within Borno . In the course of their operations,
the emirate council lost about 13 district heads in
addition to many ward heads , who were killed in their
respective domains .
“ The activities of the criminal elements have not
deterred our district and village heads from being
proactive in reporting their activities to the security
agencies . ”
The monarch called on the Federal Government to
channel more funds to the NEDC , considering the huge
humanitarian crisis created by Boko Haram terrorists,
who destroyed private and public structures across the
state .
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“ I want to call for more funding for the commission to
enable it facilitate the reconstruction of destroyed
communities and intervention programmes toward
empowering all IDPs . The call became necessary in
view of the huge destruction and losses incurred in the
state as a result of the crises in the last 11 years , ” he
stated .

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