The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Niger has distributed relief items to victims of armed bandits attack in Agwara, Borgu and Magama Local Government Areas of the state.
Mrs Lydia Wagami, Head of Operations, NEMA Minna Operations Office, made this known while distributing the relief items to the various camp committee representatives and officials.
“Most of the victims are now seeking refuge in public schools while a few of them sought refuge in private property in the areas’’, she said.
She listed the items to include; 926 bags of rice, 926 bags of millet, 926 bags of beans, 46 bags of iodised salt, 93 kegs of palm oil, 154 cartons of seasoning and 77 cartons of tomato paste.
Others are 1,852 pieces of mattresses, 1,852 pieces of blanket, 1,852 pieces of mosquito net, 1,852 pieces of nylon mat, 1,852 pieces of women clothing, 1, 852 pieces of men 1,852 pieces of children clothing.
She said the essence of the items was to cushion the effects of the incident and reduce their sufferings, adding that the gesture was not compensation for all that they lost in the incident.
She urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the items to sustain their lives, noting that the Federal Government through the agency would continue to provide support to victims of bandits to ameliorate their sufferings.
She called on the people of the state especially those in rural areas to be vigilant and report suspicious persons or moments to the appropriate authority.
Uballe Isah, who spoke on behalf of the victims, thanked the prompt intervention of the Federal Government, describing the relief items as the first step toward the recovery of their lives back.(NAN)