At least 25,988 residents of Katsina State comprising of men, women, and children have been displaced from their homes, farms and economic activities due to the recent rising activities of armed bandits and kidnappers in different parts of the State, statistics from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have revealed.
Also, the rising spate of armed bandits attacks, in at least eight so-called ‘front line’ local government areas of the state, has forced a good number of farmers to flee their settlements and farmlands, and many more hundreds of their colleagues who have lost their lives to banditry and kidnapping in the state.
According to a document obtained by ThisDay, the statistics of internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the weekend from Katsina’s emergency agency, showed that between January and May, the activities of armed bandits and kidnappers had displaced 25,988, at least in eight local government areas (LGAs).
As shown in the statistics, the agency classified eight LGAs as the flashpoint of armed bandits and kidnappers, thereby depicting Katsina State as danger zones where banditry and kidnapping were prevalent and rampant.
Specifically, the statistics revealed that 1,707 persons were displaced in Katsina LGA; 18,544 in Batsari LGA; 135 in Kurfi LGA; 1,440 in Faskari LGA; 2,426 in Kankara LGA; 513 in Danmusa LGA; 616 IN Jibia LGA and 607 in Safana LGA.