GOOD TIMES! Zamfara Killings Victim Gets Special Recognition As Senate Sets Aside Billions of Naira In 2019 Budget For Intervention In The Crisis

The activities of bandits in many areas of the states across Nigeria has led to death of many citizens, causing untold hardship and displacement of an entire community.

Nigerians have had to deal with these banditry for many long years but those that feel the impact of the experience more are villagers that inhabit the Northern states.

The armed bandit have renewed efforts to cause more havoc in the past months in Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Taraba, Benue, and Sokoto states leading to many deaths and loss of properties.

In lieu of this, the Nigerian Senate has just made a provision for the sum of 10 Billion Naira in the 2019 appropriation Intervention Funds to cater for the IDP’s and other persons affected by the activities of armed bandits in Zamfara State.

The senators debated on the issue today at plenary when a Senator from Zamfara, Kabiru Marafa, moved a motion on the need to create an intervention fund in the 2019 Appropriation to take care of the humanitarian crises in Zamfara State caused by armed bandits.

The senate also resolved to setup an ad-hoc committee to be known as Presidential Initiative of Zamfara with a 10 year lifespan to manage the funds and subsequent allocations.

In a new update of the activities of these bandits, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State has revealed that a total of 3,526 persons have been killed by armed bandits in the state in the last five years.

The governor made the revelation yesterday while speaking in Gusau during a Town Hall Meeting attended by the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.

“Nearly 500 villages have also been devastated and 8,219 persons were injured, some are still in critical condition,” he said.

The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Abdullahi Shinkafi, also said that over 13,000 hecters of farmlands were either destroyed or made useless as the farmers can no longer farm them.

“The economy of the state has seriously suffered because thousands of shops were destroyed by the rampaging bandits who had displaced thousands of our people from their places of abode, many of whom cannot sleep with their two eyes closed because of fear,” he added.

Yari said the government had written volumes of reports containing over 7,000 pages, giving details of the crises right from the beginning to the infiltration from Libya and Boko Haram.

He disclosed that the government was aware of eight prominent bandits camps at different bush locations in Zamfara State, and urged that they should all be neutralized in order to decimate the criminals.

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