The District Head of Dalori village in Borno State which was recently attacked by Boko Haram insurgents, Alhaji Mala Dalorima has appealed to Governor Kashim Shettima to stop further construction of trenches round the village.
Dalorima made the appeal when a Federal Government delegation led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, David Lawal Babachir in company of three ministers, visited Dalori village at the instance of President Muhammad Buhari, to access the level of damages by insurgents to the people and property.
He revealed that the trenches constructed in the village caused the total massacre of the villagers as majority of them who tried to escape from the terrorists attacks could not cross the trenches, noting that if the trenches were not there, many of his people would have been saved by running away from the terrorists.
“Our people don’t want the trenches constructed by the government. It caused havoc on them during the Boko Haram attack as it prevented them from escaping the terrorists. Our people are mostly farmers, the trenches will prevent them from going for their daily farming activities; rather government should fortify the village and surrounding with adequate security,” Dalorima said.
The District Head, however, thanked Governor Kashim Shettima and President Muhammadu Buhari through his delegation for coming to access the level of damages done to them by Boko Haram insurgents.
He called on government and donor agencies to assist them in the provision of food and other necessities as well as rebuilding their destroyed village.
Addressing Dalori residents, Governor Kashim Shettima, represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa, urged the people to take what has happened as the will of God, adding that government will intensify efforts towards ameliorating their predicaments.He enjoined them to continue praying for the return of peace in the state.
It could be recalled that Governor Kashim Shettima had earlier embarked on construction of trenches round the entry points of villages to prevent the terrorists’ easy entry to carry out attacks.