NORTH WEST SECURITY CRISIS: Zamfara massacre horrific, says Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, laments 10,000 rendered homeless

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has condemned the recent killings of about 200 people in Zamfara State and destruction of about four communities by bandits, lamenting that some 10,000 have been rendered homeless as a result.

In a statement on Sunday (today, January 9, 2022) by her Special Adviser on Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, she described the act as horrific and unacceptable, stressing: “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 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.”

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.

According to her, “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.”

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