The governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has said that since the beginning of armed bandits and kidnapping in the state, about 4,000 lives have been lost, 9,000 persons injured and over 100,000 people have been displaced.
Governor Yari said that the security situation has sent away investors from the state.
He stated this through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Abdullahi Shinkafi, during the two-day Federal and States Security Administrators meeting held in Gusau, on Thursday.
The governor said his administration had expended N20billion on the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, including the welfare of the IDPs, just as he called for efforts to address the situation.
He said: “It is on record that since the beginning of this armed bandits and kidnapping phenomenon, more than 4,000 lives have been lost in the state, more than 9,000 persons injured, just as more than 10,000 houses, shops, and silos have been destroyed, while over 100,000 people have been displaced.

“Over 500 villages and towns have been destroyed, 10,000 persons displaced, 8,000 women widowed, and 16,000 children orphaned by the ugly trend.

“The situation is sending away investors from Zamfara State, which used to be a major centre of commercial activities.

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“These are the consequences of the ugly trends. So, generally, people are in a state of fear. In the past seven years of this administration, the state constructed over 2,000 kilometres of road, thousands of classrooms, and 716 health facilities, but most of them cannot be used due to insecurity. It is unfortunate that there are more than 10,000 bandits across the eight major camps in the state.

“In spite of the increase in the number of security personnel in the state, the problem still persists. This situation is more serious than the way we thought it was. The security issue is the duty of all of us; communities should support security agencies with useful information.”

“The state government normally pays between N500,000 and N1million to the family of each person killed, and between N250,000 and N500,000 to those injured by bandits in the state.

“We fight those that we don’t know. Security is an issue for all of us; we have to fight it collectively. It is not time to share the blames by pointing at each other, but to find a lasting solution.”

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