Chairman of Bama council in Borno state, Alhaji Ali Gujja has said 81 remains of Boko Haram victims “killed and dumped” in the Yadzeram River at Bama bridge by insurgents in september 2014, were on Thursday November 26 2015, exhumed and buried at a cemetery, according to Islamic rites.
Alhaji Ali Gujja, said the remains which were mainly skeletons and skulls, were exhumed and collated along the river beds by volunteers and some members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF).
Addressing newsmen on Thursday, in Bama on the ceremonial and religious rites of burying the remains of Boko Haram victims, Gujja said that the bodies could not be retrieved from the flowing river, because of insecurity and the capture of Bama on September 1, 2014 by the insurgents.
“We had no option; other than the 81 bodies to continue floating and eventually buried in river beds and sand for over a year, before some volunteers and members of CJTF swung into action last week; to exhume the remains of the 81 killed residents,” said Gujja yesterday on how the remains were recovered for burials.
He further disclosed that two cement wells in three wards of destroyed Bama town were also used by insurgents in dumping several bodies of killed residents.
The affected wells, according to him, had been sealed off and fumigated to prevent further outbreaks of air and water-borne diseases in the town.
On state and population of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), he said, “The population of this camp is over 6,000 displaced people, comprising 560 households with 2, 140 children under the age of five, while the ones below one year are 1,140.”
“The feeding of these displaced persons is also being footed by Borno State Emergency Management Agency (BOSEMA), while the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) takes care of their health care and other basic needs.
”And today, the Victims Support Fund (VSF) has supported this camp with two grinding machines, drugs and recreational facilities for women and children in camp,” he disclosed.
Meanwhile, newly liberated towns of Borno state are to get new supplies of relief materials.
Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, the Northeast zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), made this know on Wednesday, November 25.
According to Kanar, the agency will be moving into Bama, Gwoza, Askira-Uba, Marte and Baga local government areas to distribute relief materials.
Kanar, noted in an address to the internally displaced persons, rehabilitation of structures destroyed in the fray will commence as soon as the agency gets final clearance from the military.