Borno state government has assured residents of Kawuri village of its decision to re-build about 200 houses destroyed last week by suspected insurgents in the state.
The Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zannah Mustapha, who visited Kawuri in Kodunga local government area of the state on Sunday commiserate with the community over the incident, assuring them of government willingness to assist the community.
Mustapha added that the government would also compensate traders who lost their shops during the attack while directing the Konduga Local Government Caretaker Committee, to prepare a list of all those affected for immediate action by the government.
He advised the affected communities to form vigilante groups to defend themselves since attacks by insurgents had become a frequent occurrence in the areas.
In his words, “Communities who are vulnerable to this kind of attack, must begin to introduce a kind of community policing to prevent future attacks, what I am saying is that individuals must come out to form vigilante groups to defend themselves against attacks,” Mustapha added.
He noted that the best form of security is community policing. “People must be ready to fight and defend themselves against Boko Haram, through the formation of vigilante groups,” he said.
While assuring that government would collaborate with security agencies to beef up security in the area, Mustapha urged the community to copy from the experience of Maiduguri, the state capital, which used to be the strong hold of the insurgents.
The media reports had it that about 18 persons were injured after suspected insurgents attacked the community last week, destroying about 200 houses, 50 shops, and many vehicles.