The federal government on Saturday, ordered concerned agencies to provide relief materials to survivors of the recent attacks by bandits in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
Following the directive, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has instructed her ministry’s agencies to swiftly commence action on the provision of relief items to those affected.
She said the organisations should work in collaboration with the appropriate agencies in Sokoto, to provide the much-needed relief to survivors of the attacks, according to The PUNCH.
Umar-Farouq was quoted in a statement issued by her ministry in Abuja as saying, “The ministry will stand with the people in their hour of deprivation and need.
“It will do this by ensuring that the pains inflicted on them by the terrorists are mitigated through appropriate interventions.”
According to her, it is shocking that terrorists operating as bandits would commit mass murder.
The minister described the affected communities as peaceful, adding that innocent citizens in the affected areas are mostly farmers, who pose no threat to anyone.
Umar-Farouq lamented that in addition to the criminal killing of innocent citizens, the livelihoods of residents of the communities have been disrupted, as hundreds of families have been displaced from their homes.
The ministry condemned the killings and commiserated with the government and people of the state.
It also commiserated with families that lost their loved ones in the attacks and pledged to support the victims.