Banditry: Zamfara displaced women cry out over hunger, cold

Banditry: Zamfara displaced women cry out over hunger, cold

- Zamfara state has been under siege from armed bandits in the last few months

- Many of the villagers affected by reoccurring attacks from the bandits are now staying in makeshift camps

- The women say life has been difficult for them as they have no shelter, neither do they have food

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A report by BBC Hausa indicates that misplaced women from various villages in Zamfara state are lamenting over their conditions, especially as Nigeria fully enters its harmattan season.

According to the women, hunger and cold weather pose a major threat to them and their children at their place of refuge after armed bandits burnt their towns.

The report indicates that more than 500 people were displaced from their towns in Maru local government area of the state and they are now taking refuge at a make-shift camp in Mai Rairai town, Kebbi state.

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Banditry: Zamfara displaced women cry out over hunger, cold
IDP camps litter northern Nigeria as many villagers are displaced by bandits and terrorists. Photo credit: @AFP
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The women, staying in IDP camps along with their children, said they don’t have food and their farms were burnt by the bandits.

One of the women who fled from Dankofa with her 15 children said they were living in hunger at the Internally Displaced Persons camp and their children are always crying.

Despite the challenges faced by displaced persons, the bandits have continued their killing spree in several villages in northern Nigeria.

Last week, armed bandits slaughtered seven farmers, including a nursing mother, across three communities of Tashar Bama, Dogun Muazu, and Unguwar Maigayya villages of Sabuwa local government area of Katsina state.

A member of the state House of Assembly representing the area, Hon. Ibrahim Danjuma Machika confirmed the killing on the floor of the House on Monday, November 30.

Apart from the number killed, he said that the bandits abducted a total of 30 other villagers from the affected communities.

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Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has condemned the incessant abductions and killings by bandits in northern Nigeria.

Alhaji Abubakar, who is the leader of Nigerian Muslims by virtue of his position as the president-general of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam, made the comment on Thursday, November 26 at the 4th quarter 2020 meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council in Abuja.

In a related development, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday, November 25 charged religious bodies to embark on intercession for God to intervene in the myriads of challenges bedevilling Nigeria.

Governor Okowa said that a lot of support was needed from the Christian bodies in tackling the problems of insecurity, unemployment, and poverty, which he said, needed prayers for God to reverse the ugly trend.

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