A total of 73 households and 28 shops were set ablaze by Boko Haram insurgents in three villages of Konduga local government area following Thursday night’s attack, the state emergency management agency (SEMA) confirmed to Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum on Saturday.
The Governor undertook an impact assessment visit to affected villages in Konduga. He returned to Maiduguri on Friday night, few hours after one-on-one security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa.
In Borri, one of the three villages torched by the insurgents, Professor Zulum was informed by chairman of SEMA, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo that around 8pm of August 22, the insurgents attacked and set ablaze 17 households and 4 shops in Borri and in Wanori village, 34 households and 18 shops were also set ablaze while 22 households and 6 shops were torched in Kaleri-Abdule village. The figures added up to 73 households and 28 shops, the agency’s boss said.
The Governor went round to see things before meeting residents and community leaders affected by the attack.
Professor Zulum promised immediate reconstruction of homes. Modern houses will replace those destroyed, he said. More important, the Governor said, were the assurances from President Buhari previous day with respect to concerted efforts by the federal government to enhance security in Borno State.
Governor Zulum also held discussions with youth volunteers under the Civilian JTF who help with community policing. The volunteers told the Governor they were short of patrol vehicles and the Governor immediately offered them two brand new patrol vehicles.
Professor Zulum was accompanied by top government officials who include stakeholders from the affected villages in Konduga.