Bandits sack 50 communities, Gov Bello lamented
Charles Nwoke, Nasarawa, Nigeria
April 27, 2021
Above image courtesy of local sources, fair use.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has again lamented over the continuous invasion of communities in the state by bandits, stating that no fewer than 50 villages have been sacked in five Local Government Area Councils of the State.
This, he said, was causing not only serious humanitarian but also financial setbacks to the state.
Consequently, he called on all stakeholders in the twenty-five Local Government Area Councils to sit up to generate more revenue for the economic growth of their councils in particular and the state in general.
“As we speak, we have not less than 50 villages deserted across five local governments now. Where do we get the resources to take care of them if 80% of our resources go to those that do not add value to the system?
“Now we have to deal with humanitarian and security problems and all these require resources that we do not have, so the only way we can survive is to increase our IGR.
“At the moment, we have over 3,000 IDPs in Minna, apart from other local governments,” he said.
Meanwhile, fear and anxiety are mounting in Nasarawa State as incessant attacks by bandits continue to ravage communities, forcing over 50,000 agrarians to flee their ancestral homes and take refuge elsewhere.
Inhabitants and farmers in about 13 villages have been displaced as a result of the attacks in some parts of the state.
The recent attacks are in Doma and Keana, where scores had been allegedly slaughtered, with many others wounded.
The deserted villages are Dooshima, Antsa, Dooka, Angwan Yara, Ikyayior, Targema, Tse Tor, Chia, Umurayi, Dooga, Gindan Rail, Ajikamaka, and Ankoma all in Ekye Development Area, Doma South in Doma Local Government Area Council of Nasarawa State.
The victims who were displaced by the rampaging herdsmen are currently taking refuge in Kardoroko in Keana LGA and Agyaragu, while others are taking refuge with relations, friends in the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
President of Tiv Development Association, TIDA, Peter Ahemba while speaking on the development, described the situation as pathetic, adding that the victims had been placed in very deep pains as a result of the crisis that hit the communities in Doma South three days ago
Addressing the displaced persons yesterday in Kardoroko and Agyaragu, Senior Special Assistant to Governor on conflict resolution, Moses Utondu, appealed to the displaced persons to remain calm, assuring that Governor Abdullahi Sule, would look into their problem.
“My assessment so far has shown that our people are truly displaced, it is not an issue of speculations, but my courage and comfort is that our governor is somebody who is committed to peace. We are here to see things for ourselves and we are going to report back to the governor and he will take prompt action,” he said.