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Borno compensates Binishiek terror victims

20 September 2013, 08:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Borno State Government pledged to compensate the families of the victims of the deadly terror attacks in Binishiek.

Governor Kashim Shettima, who condemned the attacks as barbaric, said the families of the 14 deceased will be given N250 000 (US$1 500) each following their losses.

"Everyone who has lost something will be compensated to enable them have a fresh start. All vehicles burnt or taken away by the insurgents will equally be replaced," Shettima said after visiting Benishiek to assess the extent of the damage.

He announced the establishment of a five-man committee which will be given N50 million to help commence reconstruction work.

The premier urged residents not to flee the town.

"Please don't leave your town in spite of the trauma you are undergoing due to the unfortunate experience. Government is going to rebuild all the houses destroyed by the attackers and as soon as I leave," he said.

He described the attack as barbaric and un-Islamic.

"No one in his right senses will do it. It is just insane to destroy public structure, people's houses and kill people like they did."

It is reported that 15 trucks, 18 cars, eight motorcycles and six bicycles were set ablaze by the sect members, who were said to be numbering 300.

The terrorists allegedly set ablaze about 150 houses, shops and stole ten vehicles.

- CAJ News


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