Alhaji Garbai Elkanemi, Shehu of Borno, says 13 district heads and several ward heads (Bulamas) under his emirate have been killed in series of attacks by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.
The Borno monarch made this known in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, during a courtesy visit by a delegation of the Senate Committee on Special Duties led by Senator Abubakar Yusuf.
The senators were in the state to assess the performance of the North-East Development Commission.
The NEDC was established in 2017 to help with reconstruction and resettlement in the north-east.
Elkanemi claimed that the Boko Haram crisis started in the state in July 2009 following a disagreement between the Izala and Yusufiya Islamic sects.
“Gradually, they moved their operations from Maiduguri to local government headquarters and other towns within Borno. In the course of their operations, the emirate council lost about 13 district heads in addition to many ward heads, who were killed in their respective domains,” he said.
“The activities of the criminal elements have not deterred our district and village heads from being proactive in reporting their activities to the security agencies.
“I want to call for more funding for the commission to enable it to facilitate the reconstruction of destroyed communities and intervention programmes toward empowering all IDPs. The call became necessary in view of the huge destruction and losses incurred in the state as a result of the crises in the last 11 years.”