Schools have been destroyed in the latest attack by Boko Haram in one of the communities in Hawul Local Government Area of Bormno Sate.
Isa Gusau, the Spokesperson to Governor Babagana Zulum, also said the insurgents also killed three people, destroyed places of worship and other buildings during the attack on the four communities.
“About four communities, comprising Tashan Alade, Shafa, Azare, Sabon-Kasuwa and Debro, were affected by Saturday’s attack with schools, shops and places of worship destroyed by the insurgents,” Mr Gusau said in a Sunday statement.
“Three persons were killed in Shafa, among them two hunters and a civilian. Thousands of bags of farm produce, recently harvested by farmers, were looted by the insurgents who also emptied shops and market stalls.”
He said Mr Zulum, who was not in the state during the attack, flew from Abuja to Maiduguri, on Sunday, and, on arrival, took a military chopper to visit the four communities raided on Saturday night.
He explained that the governor had on Thursday left Maiduguri for Katsina en route to Abuja for a series of scheduled activities, but had to cut short the trip following the attack.
“Governor Zulum was in Yimirshika, Azare, Sabon-Kasuwa and Shafa,” Mr Gusau said.
After assessing the level of destruction wreaked on the communities, Mr Zulum reportedly ordered the immediate reconstruction of structures, including a police station and market stalls.
Borno is the state most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency that has caused over 30,000 deaths and displaced millions of others in Northern Nigeria since 2009. The insurgency has since spread to neighbouring countries including Cameroon, Niger and Chad.