About 2,462 persons, which included adult male and female as well as their underage children, have so far been displaced in some communities in Kaduna state and in Munya local government area of Niger state following persistent armed bandits attacks in the affected communities since last Thursday, January 2, 2020.
The Director General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Inga confirmed this to journalists during an interactive session on Tuesday at Sarkin Pawa, Primary School, one of the Internally Displaced Persons camps,( IDPs camp) established by the agency in Munya local government area of the state .
He made the disclosure on the sidelines of the symbolic presentation of some relief materials to the displaced persons such as food items, Sleeping and Sanitary materials being provided the IDPs by the state government in conjunction with NSEMA.
Inga, stated further that the need to provide the IDPs camps with the relief materials by the state government in order to cushion the effects of the hardships on the people, adding that the armed bandits attacks which began in the border communities between Kaduna and Niger states began last Thursday and was persistence, after which the people were forced to seek refuge in Sarkin Pawa, Headquarters of Munya local government area of the state.
According to him, the affected communities were Katarma and Kaduru in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state while, Lingu Kasa,Anguwan Bussa, Galuwi, Almujere, Toko, Galuwi Anguwan Zarumai and Anguwan Kwata communities were affected by the bandits attacks in Munya LGA of Niger state.
He added that in a quick response, the state government in collaboration with the security agencies in the state deployed the joint Military surveillance along Sarkin Pawa_Mangoro_Kaduna road, stressing, that the joint Military taskforce responded in a three hours shootout encounter with the bandits afterwards.
Accordingly, he said, “the state government has mobilized the joint task force for reinforcement and are already on the trail of the bandits”, adding that the eport reaching the agency from the Local guards, indicated that the bandits numbering over 150 on 50 Motor bikes, slept at Luwi village in Zazzaga province and rustled 500 cows today 6/01/2020( Monday).
The NSEMA Boss, further disclosed that the fleeing bandits were now moving towards Mangoro axis on their way back to Kofa camp in Gadani area of Kaduna State.
He further disclosed that the Niger State Governor,, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has directed NSEMA, to quickly establish IDPs camp which he said,, was done on Monday, at Sarkin Pawa Primary School’s premises with a population of 2, 462 affected persons, adding that food items, sleeping and Sanitary materials were presently being provided.