Nigeria

Zamfara massacre: 10,000 rendered homeless – minister

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the announcement during a meeting with Governor Abdullahi Sule.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has disclosed that over 10,000 people have been rendered homeless as a result of the recent bandits’ attacks in Zamfara State.

In a statement, yesterday, by her Special Adviser on Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, she described the killing of over 200 villagers as horrific and unacceptable.

“More than 10,000 victims have also been rendered homeless after their homes were razed by the bandits while scores are still missing.

“More than 500 bandits on motorcycles reportedly attacked five villages and razed their homes after killing over two hundred people.

“This is horrific and tragic. Over 200 persons were buried today due to the invasion by bandits.

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“We are very saddened by this incessant invasion and killings by bandits and we also worried about the displaced persons who are fleeing in their hundreds from their communities, especially the women and children.

“We sympathize with the government and people of Zamfara state in this trying period and condole with the families of the dead. We pray for the repose of their souls and that peace returns to the state and soon as possible,” she said.

The minister also directed that relief materials be sent to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state to cushion the effects of the sudden displacement.

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