19 July 2011

Nigeria: Boko Haram Shettima Compensates Boko Haram, Task Force's Clash Victims

GOVERNOR Kashim Sherttima of Borno has presented 11 vehicles and N1.815,000 to those whom their cars and cash were lost in recent Boko Haram and Joint Task Force clash in Kalari London Ciki ward of the Metropolis.

Presenting the cars and the money to the victims at the government House Maiduguri yesterday, Governor Shettima said that no amount of money can compensate human life, but the gesture is to appreciate their patience.

A car and N1.615,000 was also presented to the wives of one mallam Muhammad Bahausa who lost his live in the clash, Malama Saudatu and Fatiama Muhammd.

They thanked the governor for coming to their aid and prayed for the repose of the soul of their late father and that Allah grant the governor more wisdom to govern the state.

Another victim Hauwa Amadu who also lost her husband in the clash was also presented with N200,000 said her husband was a security with Gurantee Trust Bankbut was shot dead by members of the JTF despite the presentation of his ID card.

She equally thanked the governor for coming to their aid and prayed for the repose of her husband soul, pointing out government should also assist her and her children, as they have already lost their bread winner.

He said a committee will be set up to rebuild all the houses that were destroyed during the clash, adding that government will do everything possible to assist all the victims and called on them to see what happened as an act of God.

Governor Shettima stated that the compensation will be extended to those that lost their properties in Abbaganaram and Shehuri wards of the metropolis.

He said a committee will also be set up to distribute tri-cycles to Okada riders to ease the transport hardship faced by people in Maiduguri Metrpolitan Council (MMC) and Jere local governments of the state.

He however, expressed dismay over the way and manner tri-cycles which were bouht at the cost of N200,000 and distributed by the immediate past administration were sold at the cost of N40,000 and were taken to Yola and Minchika towns of Adamawa state, stressing that government will ensure that only the real Okada operators get the tri-cycle.

Also speaking at the presentation, the chairman Mafa local government area of the state, Alhaji Mohammed El-Yakub said the clash occurred at night at about 8:00PM that was why innocent people were affected, because nobody could identify.

He said as palliative measures, his council has assisted the victims with rice, millet, Maize, blankets and some other relief materials to ease their hardship, stressing that people should please stop fleeing the area, as government is doing everything possible to protect their lives and properties.

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