Boko Haram: Sacked Jakana Residents Appeal For Water

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BEVERLY HILLS, March 06, (THEWILL) - Still smarting from the shock and pains of Monday's Boko Haram attack in Jakana, in Konduga Local Government of Borno State, traumatised residents of the village have appealed to the state government for water, saying that was more important to them now .

The residents made the request when Governor Kashim Shettima visited the village Thursday and the governor quickly directed a committee to commence the immediate reconstruction of the town and restore the water supply cut off by the attack.

"Rebuilding is not our problem now, we need water.
We had three boreholes before but only one is working, we are suffering because the two other boreholes aren't working again.

Repair our boreholes for us and let's get water first! " they told the governor.

Over 40 persons were killed in the attack on the village situated about 40 kilometres from Maiduguri, the State capital with many houses set ablaze .

Many of the displaced residents had been forced to flee to Maiduguri.

The governor, in his response to their demand, immediately gave out N1 million cash for the repairs of the borehole as he directed the committee for the reconstruction of the buildings to commence work immediately.

Shettima also directed the Local Government authority and the Ministry of Poverty Alleviation to compile the lists of the victims for the distribution of relief materials especially food items to cushion the impact of the attack on the people.

In Mainok, Shettima lamented the destruction of the community, especially as almost all the buildings had been set ablaze.

When the governor visited the community on Thursday, most of the buildings were still burning and hundreds of houses, market, shops and the newly renovated school were in ruins.

The charred bodies of burnt livestock also littered the deserted village.