OrderPaperToday – Sen. Kabir Marafa (APC, Zamfara) has faulted the exclusion of his state by the Federal Government in the distribution of 30,380MT of grains from the National Strategic Reserve to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the country.
A recent report indicated that the Federal government ordered an intervention to lDPs in Bomo, Adamawa and Yobe, Benue and Nasarawa States.
In a motion on Wednesday, Marafa noted that Zamfara is next to Gombe and Yobe States in terms of number of people killed, raped or displaced by armed conflicts and in terms of casualty ratio and displacements, is ahead of many states being given prominence by the mainstream media.
He said: “No month passes without report of one form of armed attack or kidnapping in one community or the other from the first attack in Lingyado, Maru Local Government Area in 2011 to the most recent attack on KuruKuru town in Anka Local Government last week;
“The state lost over 300 people in a space of 2 months, starting with the gruesome murder of more than 100 people in Birane town, Zurmi Local Government; 6 and 9 in Goran Namaye and Kaya towns of Maradun Local Government Area; 25 people in Unguwar Alhazai, Yan-Kuzo and Yanwarin Daji communities; 9 in Bawo, Akuzo, Hegin-Mahe and surrounding villages of Wonaka in Gusau Local Government Areas; and 15 in Yartashan Sahabi, Kuran Mota and neighbouring villages, this is in addition to the attack on Daniibga, Kizara and its environs where many other people remained unaccounted for.”
The Zamfara central lawmaker cited other cases of insecurity in his state where there were “several killings and wanton destruction in Bini, Dibgawa, Dogon-Daii, Maru local Government Areas, in addition to the killings of over 16 people in Tungar Rakumi and surrounding villages in Bungudu local government;
“The recent killings of over 100 people in Anka emirate, including Bawan Daji and the most recent killing of about 26 persons in Kuru-Kuru village in Anka local government area;
“These attacks have resulted in the death of between 10,000-15,000 people from 2011 to date.”
Giving more records of casualties, he added, “this is in addition to the loss of over #300 Million paid as ransom by individuals and communities;
“There is an estimated 16,000 widows, about 5,000 rape victims and about 40,000 orphans, taking a conservative figure of 8,000 adults killed, leaving behind an average of 2 wives and five children/family.”
The red chamber then urged the Federal government to approve a sizeable quantity of grains to Zamfara, Kaduna and Kano States in the current distribution of 30,380MT of grains approved for distribution to lDP’s in the North-east and North Central.
It directed NEMA to, in conjunction with security agencies, conduct a holistic census of people injured, raped, orphaned and widowed as a result of the activities of armed bandits in the state with a view to assisting them through the various interventions by well-meaning individual Nigerians, Corporate bodies, MDA’s, local and foreign bodies.