Bandits Displace 289,375 People in Kaduna

John Shiklam in Kaduna

A total of 289,375 people have been displaced in 551 communities across 12 local government areas of Kaduna State, which are worst  hit by bandits.

The Executive Secretary of Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Dr. Usman Mazadu, disclosed this yesterday at the flag-off of distribution of palliatives at Maraban Kajuru, Kajuru LGA of the state.

Mazadu said the figures are  not just numbers, but statistics “that represent lives, dreams, and the enduring spirit of our people.”

Giving a breakdown of the affected areas, he said: “In Chikun, we have 134 affected communities and 26,345 displaced individuals.

“In Birnin Gwari, 84 communities are affected with 70,893 displaced people and in numerous other communities across 12 other local governments.”

Mazadu said: “We are here to initiate a significant undertaking, the flag-off of the distribution of relief materials to our brothers and sisters who have been displaced by the unfortunate events that have befallen some communities in our dear state.”

He said the distribution of the palliatives is not just an act of aid, but a reaffirmation of the seven-point agenda of Governor Uba Sani, code name ;SUSTAIN’.

Mazadu said: “This distribution of palliative is not just an act of aid; it is a reaffirmation of our commitment to the SUSTAIN agenda of our visionary leader, the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Uba Sani, which is a comprehensive blueprint for the safety, security, and prosperity of our people.

“Ladies and gentlemen, at this juncture, let us take a moment to reflect on the numbers that have brought us to these crossroads: – 551 affected communities, 289,375 displaced persons are recorded across 12 Local Government Areas. Therefore, the need for support is critical, adding: “Our empathetic governor has answered the call and has factored this very important population into his N11.4billion palliative programme.”

He added that the palliatives would be extended to all the affected communities in the 12  LGAs.

Flagging-off the distribution, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, who was represented by her Chief of Staff, James Kanyip, assured the state that the administration of Governor Sani would not rest until  banditry is eradicated.

She said the governor understands the pains and sufferings that have been caused by these unfortunate events of insecurity, and “he is committed to providing aid, succour and support to those affected.”

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