Recent news on the ongoing war against insurgency in the country has it that the Nigerian Army have intercepted and killed many Boko Haram insurgents, during a raid on them in the Sambisa forest as they tried escape.
The Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani K. Usman, in a statement on Tuesday, said that the insurgents were “decisively dealt with” while trying to escape through Pulka.
According to him, the soldiers recovered a General Purpose Machine Gun, several rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 47 rifle magazines, 36 hand grenades “and quite a number of Shilka gun empty shells.” This is in addition to the Toyota Hilux vehicle , two boxes of 7.62mm ammunitions and some Improvised Explosives making Devices cords recovered earlier during an onslaught in the Buni Yadi general area.
He also said many terrorists met their waterloo, while one of them was captured alive.
Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman of Borno State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Shettima Bukarkullima, said yesterday that over 512 schools have been destroyed and 350 teachers killed by Boko Haram over the years.
This he said during the opening of the 14th quarterly meeting of Universal Basic Education (UBEC) with executive chairmen of state UBEBs in Abuja. He added that although schools are functioning in some areas and within the Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs), the state is aggressively rebuilding schools.
“Boko Haram insurgency has dealt a blow on basic education delivery in Borno. The terrorists have destroyed 512 schools. When you translate this to classrooms, it is over 1,000, in addition to 350 teachers killed.
“In some peaceful areas, particularly Maidugri, Jere, Shani, Hawul, Bayo, Kwayo Kusar, schools are still in session. Within Maidugri and IDPs’ camps, schools are also functioning. The state government is aggressively pursuing the construction of schools. Apart from the state government, we are yet to get support from anywhere, particularly from the previous government. We are worse than a conquered territory.
“We got all the books that are being distributed but you know that most of the areas were vandalised by insurgents,” he lamented.