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Yobe Government Laments Toll of Boko Haram Activities on State, N30bn Lost, 128 People Killed



The Yobe Government has lamented that over N30bn was lost to Boko Haram insurgency in the state in the last six years, while over 128 lives lost.

The state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, disclosed this while receiving the United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian affairs, Mr. Toby Lancer, in Damaturu.

The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Abubakar Aliyu, also said “the number of people killed by Boko Haram in Yobe runs into thousands.”

“The state suffered the largest school-based casualties with 128 students killed in Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, College of Agriculture Gujba, GSS Mamudo, GSS, Damaturu and GSSS, Potiskum,” the Governor was quoted as saying at the forum.

He said public buildings and facilities worth N7 billion were destroyed, while private property and assets worth over N7.4 billion were also destroyed during the mayhem.

Gaidam said that 1,098 classrooms and health facilities, 43,209 rooms, 5,162 assorted vehicles and 109,267 livestock were all destroyed..

“The total expenditure incurred by the state government through various forms of intervention and the projected expenditure for the reconstruction of both private and public structures is estimated to be over N30 billion.

“Yobe has 309,609 registered Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) constituting 14 per cent of the estimated 2.1 million Boko Haram-induced IDPs in Nigeria,” he said.

The governor also said the spontaneous return of IDPs to their communities had made the task of rehabilitating facilities such as water, health facilities and schools more challenging.


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