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Boko Haram damage in Nigeria estimated at $9bn

Boko Haram damage in Nigeria estimated at $9bn

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Boko Haram’s seven year insurgency has caused $9 billion of damage in six northern Nigerian states since 2011, according to the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Earlier in March, a report by the world bank estimated the jihadists had caused $5.9 billion worth of damages in Borno state in northeast Nigeria.

The report reveals the extent of damage caused by the Islamist rebellion that began in 2009 controlling a large territory in the northeast for sometime.

The human damage is also considerable with the militants estimated to have killed at least 20,000 people and displaced up to 2.3 million others in northeastern Nigeria as part of their campaign to establish Sharia law in Africa’s largest economy.

Authorities in Yobe – one of the states that has borne the brunt of the militants – put the number of internally displaced persons at more than 300,000 and said most of them are living in atrocious conditions in Internally Displaced persons (IDP) camps.

Yobe’s governor estimates at least 1,098 medical centers and classrooms have been destroyed in the state in the past five years.

Press Agencies