No fewer than 3,500 residents of Zamfara State have fled to
neighbouring villages in Katsina State, following reported cases of
killings and other atrocities by suspected armed bandits and cattle
rustlers. The activities of the rustlers have rendered the persons
internally displaced and currently seeking refuge in IDP camp in
Dansabau village in Kankara local government area of the state.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has since paid a visit on
the displaced persons at the IDP camp where he pledged government’s
assistance to them. Governor Masari assured that government would
assist them till security the area improved for them to return home.
He, therefore, called on relevant authorities to hasten the
restoration of peace in the affected areas, so that the displaced
persons could go back home. The governor said: “We are ready as a
government to assist anyone from any country or state that wants to
seek refuge in Katsina. “We are also ready to assist the IDPs from
Zamfara State and we’ll make effort to do so in any way we can till
they go back to their respective communities. “But a lot would depend
on security situation back where they came from. Until then, we’ll
continue to provide for them. “We also appeal to the villagers around
to continue to accommodate them in brotherhood as all of them are the
same people, the same language, culture and religion. “We encourage
them to support them because they are afflicted in situation beyond
their control and I hope the authorities will quicken the restoration
of peace and security in their areas so they can go back home.” On
efforts put in place to address the menace, Governor Masari said work
was ongoing to construct a road from the state to link with some of
the troubled villages in Zamfara, adding that on completion, it would
help reduce some of security challenges experienced in the area.

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