The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has disclosed that the activities of terrorist group, Boko Haram, has led to the death of over 100,000 people and displaced two million others, mostly women and children in the North East.
Shettima, who made the disclosure in Abuja, on Monday said property worth over $9bn had been destroyed as well.
According to the governor, “The Boko Haram insurgency has led to deaths of almost 100,000 persons going by the estimates of our community leaders over the years.
“Two million, one hundred and fourteen thousand (2,114,000) persons have become internally displaced as at December 2016, with five hundred and thirty seven thousand, eight hundred and fifteen (537,815) in separate camps; 158,201 are at official camps that consists of six centres with two transit camps at muna and custom house both in Maiduguri.
“There are 379,614 IDPS at 15 satellite camps comprising of Ngala, Monguno, Bama, Banki, Pulka, Gwoza, Sabon Gari and other locations in the state. 73,404 persons were forced to become refugees in neighbouring countries with Niger having 11,402 and Cameroon having 62,002. We have an official record of 52,311 orphans who are separated and unaccompanied. We have 54,911 widows who have lost their husbands to the insurgency and about 9,012 have returned back to various communities of Ngala, Monguno, Damboa,Gwoza and Dikwa.
“Based on the post insurgency Recovery and Peace Building Assessment (RPBA) Report on the north-east which was jointly validated by the World Bank, the European Union, the presidency and the six states of the north-east, the Boko Haram has inflicted damages to the tune of 9 billion US dollars in the region.”
He noted that “hundreds of well-known rich farmers and transporters, among many others of the mercantile class, have become thoroughly pauperised and rendered dependent on food aid”.
Shettima stressed that lots of children had suffered various degrees of acute malnutrition due to their long stay in captivity and complex problems associated with the management of internally displaced persons, IDPs.