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Shettima orders reconstruction of Baga victims' houses

24 April 2013, 09:11

Maiduguri - Borno Government on Tuesday directed the state Ministry of Works to begin reconstruction of houses destroyed during Friday's military engagement with suspected insurgents in Baga, Kukawa Local Government Area of the state.

About 2 000 houses were razed during the encounter, which claimed more than 185 lives.

Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication, announced this in a statement in Maiduguri.

Gusau said Gov. Kashim Shettima also directed for immediate distribution of relief materials to the victims of the mayhem.

``Governor Kashim Shettima has ordered the immediate release of relief materials, including food items and clothing, to the victims of the clash.

 ``He has also ordered the state’s Ministry of Works to immediately mobilise to site in Baga town and start the reconstruction of houses destroyed,'' he said.

Gusau said the governor expressed regret over the incident.

He added that the action was pending the outcome of the report of an investigation committee set up by the government to unravel the root cause of the crisis.

``The committee is expected to investigate and submit a report on the cause of the crisis, take records of all those killed or injured, take stock of all houses destroyed and recommend compensation.

``Since the actual number of persons killed as well as houses destroyed have not been accurately ascertained by any competent authority, government will rely on the committee's report to ascertain the actual number of victims,'' Gusau said.

``He once again commiserates with families of deceased victims and those who sustained injuries or lost property, noting that government is working round the clock to ensure an end to the security challenges in the state.

``The governor expressed strong optimism that the ongoing efforts for peaceful resolution of the crisis through the amnesty programme being worked by the Federal Government will help in solving the problem.''



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