The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic rights advocacy group has said that Borno State Geographic Information Service (BOGIS) from May 2019 to date have demolished 11 mosques and four churches.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the Director of the Organisation, Ishaq Akintola made available to Newsmen in Abuja.
He said claims that only churches have been demolished in the state are false, adding that the Borno State Geographic Information Service (BOGIS) task force has demolished more mosques than churches.
MURIC said it carried out an investigation, which revealed that the demolition of the places of worship is in line with a government decision dating back to 2010.
Also said “Contrary to coordinated propaganda over the demolition of an EYN church in Maiduguri, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) can authoritatively report that the Borno State Geographic Information Systems (BOGIS) created by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, actually demolished 11 mosques and four churches, in the metropolis.
The exercise began from 29th May 2019 up till last week,” Akintola said. “
A team of investigators working with MURIC visited each of the sites where the mosques were demolished, interviewed residents and gathered photographs and data that showed locations of each of the 11 mosques and dates of their demolition by officials of Borno State Government for violation of purpose approved in residential titles, which complied with a 2010 Government White paper in response to the 2009 Boko Haram insurgency, which strictly prohibited the conversion of any residential house to a place of worship, in all parts of Borno State.
Findings showed that two mosques were demolished by BOGIS on 11th March 2020, around Fato Sandi, behind works department in Maiduguri, not far from the Shehu of Borno’s palace, who is next to the Sultan in the hierarchy of Nigeria’s leadership of the Muslim community.
The Shehu is the Vice President of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) “Two mosques were again demolished by BOGIS on the same day (March 11, 2020), at old Musami complex along Jos road in Maiduguri.
Again, a mosque was demolished on the same day opposite former NITEL. Another mosque was demolished on April 15, 2020, along Kano Road, adjoining Bulumkutu, Yola Electricity Distribution Company, YEDC.
Two mosques were again demolished, one near a hotel in Galadima and another near behind Timber shade, in Baga Road and others.