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 Zamfara state government has said  it will set up N50 Billion Fund to Support Victims
of banditry, especially orphans and widows.

Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Report that Governor Bello Matawalle was quoted that a foundation
will be set up to manage the funds in line with recommendations
 of the committee
established to find solutions to banditry and other security challenges in the

 He made this disclosure while receiving the committees report, adding that the foundation would be inaugurated in the first quarter of
The report submitted with inscription June
2011 to may 29, 2019 was chaired by the former inspector general of police,
Mohammed Abubakar
In the report, the committee said a
total of 4,983 women was widowed, 25,050 children orphaned and 190,340 persons
displaced by banditry over the period.
It added that innocent Fulani herders
lost 2,015 cattle, 141 sheep and goats, 2,600 donkeys and camels to rustlers
while 147,800 vehicles, motorcycles, and others were burnt at different times
and locations within the period. 

The governor said the foundation would have a
board of trustees whose members shall be honest and credible Nigerians with
impeccable character and indisputable record of selfless service.
He said that 6,319 men and women were
killed within the period leaving behind orphans and widows, adding that the government must take care of the education of 25,050 orphans as well as its
other responsibilities to the victims.
The governor also commented on other
recommendations of the committee.
“I am very glad about the agricultural
and other empowerment programmes that the committee recommended.
“Unless and until states and federal
governments provide necessary support and assistance to empower individuals and
groups, provide soft loanable funds to finance small and medium enterprises
that are capable of addressing the ever-growing unemployment rate, whatever the peace we may achieve can be short-lived in the country.”
Meanwhile, the committee on finding a sustainable solution to banditry in Zamfara said it has concrete evidence that
five emirs in the state were complicit in the spate of banditry in which more
than  6,319 men and women were killed and that which he did not disclose the
names of the said traditional rulers
He added that 10 soldiers, some
policemen and civil servants were discovered to have had their hands smeared in
the banditry which lasted for about a decade in the state
The former IGP, however, said some
security personnel and one emir distinguished themselves creditably in the
protection of the people.
The committee was inaugurated by Gov.
Matawalle in July 2019 and its investigation covered between June 2011 and May

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