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Borno terror victims to be compensated

25 October 2013, 08:30Augustine Osayande

Abuja – Borno State Deputy Governor, Zannah Mustapha, pledged his administration would compensate victims of the ongoing terror attacks blamed on the notorious Boko Haram sect.

“That is why I am here standing in place of our governor because he would have been here but for the fact that he is attending to some needs of the state outside the country. Government is going to get the lists of houses burnt, shops destroyed, lives taken and also attend to the wounded as it has been doing in other places affected by the same problem,” The deputy governor, said in Kawuri District, where he sympathized with locals following the recent attacks by terrorists.

Ten people were killed recently during an onslaught in the village, the latest in a series of such attacks in villages in Borno.

He called on villagers to complement government efforts to enhance security in the region.

“The task of protecting lives and property of the state is first and foremost that of the people. People in the state should do everything to protect themselves especially from the outlawed Boko Haram sect” said Mustapha, who nonetheless added that government was not shelving its responsibility of protecting the lives and property of citizens.

He said the government and its agencies needed information and support from the people to adequately combat crime and insurgency, which have been on an increase in the state over the last four years.

“The Boko Haram elements do not respect human life. As such, there should not be any reservation about them. When they started in Maiduguri, many took the issue lightly until they started killing clerics, innocent civilians and even the people they called their own people.”

Meanwhile, the deputy governor donated two vehicles to the youth volunteer group to enhance efforts to combat terror.

– CAJ News


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