On Monday, the Kebbi Government handed supplies to seven villages in the states of Sokoto and Kebbi that had been attacked by robbers.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), five villages in Sokoto state and two in Kebbi were attacked.
The displaced people sought safety in Jarkuka village in Kebbi’s Arewa Local Government Area.
The impacted areas, according to Alhaji Yakubu Ahmed-BK, Commissioner for Information and Culture, are close to the borders of the two states.
“We are in this village on behalf of His Excellency, Governor Nasir Idris, to provide displaced victims of bandit assaults with relief supplies.
“The governor sprang into action after learning of the incident near this axis of border communities between Kebbi and Sokoto state.
Thousands of displaced people from the attacked areas have moved into this village and other nearby villages in search of protection, according to Ahmed-BK.
According to him, “relief materials include thousands of bags of millet, rice, and beans as well as mats, detergents, buckets, and seasoning among others, as emergency measures to ameliorate the suffering of these people.”
Even though the victims were mostly from Sokoto state, according to Ahmed-BK, “the governor directed that all the affected victims be treated equally as government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
The commissioner explained that they were in the village to make sure that the supplies for assistance were distributed fairly.
“Since it is impossible to please everyone, we want to reach out to as many individuals as we can.
“I want people to realise that this is only the beginning; the governor dispatched us as an emergency team to provide aid to the victims.
“So, with that said, we shall return while reporting on what we saw. We have a lot of displaced women and children because of the deplorable state of the situation.
“In-sha-Allah, more relief will be provided for them,” he stated. “We will return and write a report to the governor.”
The Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Empowerment, Alhaji Muhammad Hamidu-Jarkuka, expressed gratitude to the residents of Jarkuka village for providing housing for the victims despite the current economic crisis.
According to the commissioner, the ministry was created to help the populace and has centres positioned strategically all over the state.
The governor’s quick action was welcomed by both Alhaji Sani Aliyu-Kulita, the chairman of the Arewa local government area, and Alhaji Yakubu Maiyaki-Tsamiya, the area’s traditional ruler.
NAN learned that a woman who was expecting gave birth in the forest while fleeing for her life from one of the settlements. (NAN)