Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, the Speaker of the Zamfara House of Assembly,on Sunday commended the Federal Government for the deployment of military troops to communities affected by bandits attacks in Zurmi Local Government Area.
Rikiji, who is also chairman of the state Damage Assessment and Relief Committee, gave the commendation while addressing the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Government Arabic Secondary School Zurmi.
It was gathered that more than 12,000 people were displaced from 18 towns and villages in Zurmi Local Government Area by the bandits.
“We thank the Federal Government for deployment of military personnel to these areas, we are still calling for more intervention and provision of sustainable security support in order to address the dwindling security situation facing the state,” he said.
He urged the IDPs to remain calm as the government was working with security agencies and all stakeholders to ensure that peace returns to the affected communities.
Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, the Emir of Zurmi, described the efforts of the federal and states governments as encouraging adding, “What we have seen today is really appreciative, we want the government to sustain these efforts.”
“I am aware that the Federal Government deployed more than 350 military personnel in these areas, therefore we are hoping that the situation would be better,” he added.
Earlier, Alhaji Lawal Liman, the state Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), urged the people to embark on prayers.
“We should pray to Allah so that we can overcome the incident,” he said.
Liman lauded the orderly manner and cooperation by the communities where the camps are located.
He urged the IDPs to remain calm and always cooperate with the officials in order to maintain peaceful coexistence.
The IDPs were camped by the state government at Government Arabic Secondary School Zurmi, Local Government Secretariat, MDGs Hospital and Primary Schools in Zurmi town.
The affected communities are Mashema, Tunfa, Tungar Fulani, Tungar Nasarawa, Gambiro, Kwaddi Inwala, Kalage, Jena, Garkuwa, Tunani, Duka, Gidan Dutse, Gidan Kayya, Birane. GidanTsaka and Kuruniya.