Senate decries Zamfara killings, demands 10-year rehabilitation plan

Senate decries Zamfara killings, demands 10-year rehabilitation plan

- The many killings in Zamfara state has been condemned by the Senate

- According to the Senate, it would use N10 billion from the 2019 budgets to help victims of the attack

- The upper chamber also faulted the level of insecurity in other states like Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Plateau, Benue and Taraba

The Senate on Wednesday, April 10, condemned the killings in Zamfara, praising Nigerians for coming out in large numbers to provide support for the people of the state.

The Senate adopted the motion by Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa (APC, Zamfara), and asked the federal government to come up with a 10-year plan to take care for those who are internally displaced persons in the state, Daily Trust reports.

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The Senate also came to the conclusion to use the sum of N10 billion from the 2019 budget for victims of the attacks by bandits.

Marafa used his motion to show how people are being killed by bandits every day in the Zamfara.

He said the incident has made many people homeless as they rushed out of their communities to seek protection in other places.

Other senators who contributed to the debate on the motion also condemned the level of insecurity not only in the state but also in other states like Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Plateau, Benue, Taraba, among others.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that the Zamfara government said that a total of 3,526 persons were killed by armed bandits in the state in the last five years.

This was disclosed by the state governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari on Tuesday, April 9, in Gusau during a Town hall meeting attended by the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu.

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“Nearly 500 villages have also been devastated and 8,219 persons were injured, some are still in critical condition," he said.

The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Abdullahi Shinkafi, also said that over 13,000 hectares of farmlands were either destroyed or made useless as the farmers can no longer farm them. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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