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No fewer than seven lives were lost and 475 structures destroyed during the Billiri violence in Gombe State in February, a report has said.

Malam Adamu Dishi, the Chairman, Committee of Assessment of Damages in Billiri crisis, disclosed this while presenting the report to Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya on Monday.

Violence erupted in Billiri Local Government Area of the state in February as a result of alleged state government’s delay in announcing the new Mai Tangle after the demise of Mr Abdu Buba-Maisheru.

Dishi, who is also the Commissioner for Internal Security and Ethical Orientation, said out of the number, 41 houses, 401 business premises and 33 worship centres were all burnt and seven lives lost.

He said the committee engaged professionals from various fields for advice and the recommendations given to them were contained in their report.

Receiving the report, Yahaya commended the committee for the timely completion of the assignment.


He assured that the confidence reposed on the committee members would be sustained and their recommendations implemented.

He said whatever compensation the government would give to the affected people can never pay for the lives lost, hence he urged the people to embrace peace.


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