Federal government distributes relief materials to victims of Sokoto attack

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The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons on Thursday commenced the distribution of relief materials to victims of bandits attacks in Sokoto state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the attack occurred on January 13, in Kursa, Dursi and surrounding villages in Gandi District of Rabah local government area.

No fewer than 26 persons were killed by the armed bandits while those displaced have been taking shelter at a camp in Gandi.

Hajiya Sadiya Farouk, a commissioner with the refugees agency said: “We are here on the directive of President Muhammad Buhari to assist and commiserate with you on the attack as well as condole with the families of those that lost their loved ones”.

She added: “We have brought with us foodstuffs, drugs, confectioneries and clothing materials in order to assist and ease the suffering of the victims.”

Farouk added that the Commission has since assigned officials to assess the situation for government to arrange more materials and interventions for the victims.

She said: “This is in order to assist the victims to engage in various vocational trades to become self-reliant.”

The Commissioner further assured the victims of President Buhari’s commitment toward ensuring more security in the area to ensure lasting peace.

Earlier, the Sole Administrator of Rabah local government, Alhaji Abubakar Bala, commended the federal government for the relief materials, noting that the state government had also assisted the victims.

The District Heads of Rabah and Gandi, Alhaji Bello Abubakar and Alhaji Muhammad Maccido, respectively appreciated the government for the support.

NAN reports that the materials distributed include; 630 bags of grains, 221 gallon of oil, 233 mosquito nets, 233 wrappers, children clothes, drugs and wheel chairs for elderly persons among others.

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