Over 10,000 people have been rendered homeless by the recent bandits’ attacks in Zamfara State, according to Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
Farouq, in a statement issued by her media aide, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, described the killing of over 200 villagers as “horrific and unacceptable”.
The minister said, “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 200 people.
“This is horrific and tragic. Over 200 persons were buried today due to the invasion by bandits. 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 women and children.
” We sympathise 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 as soon as possible,” the minister said.
Farouq directed that relief materials should be sent to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state to cushion the effects of their sudden displacement.