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15 IDPs die, dozens hospitalized in Katsina

At least 15 displaced persons have died, while dozens are receiving treatment at Katsina and Jibia General Hospitals from the IDP camp in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, foloowing sustained bandits attack

Jibia has been in the news for the past six weeks due to bandit attacks on communities along the Jibia-Batsari and Jibia-Maradi boundaries.

Around 15,000 people are now taking refuge at Jibia’s IDP camp, where the camp’s chairman, Sada Salisu, has said 15 people have died of trauma-related conditions in the last three months.

He also disclosed that 35 pregnant women had given birth in the camp, which houses IDPs from nine villages that have now been completely abandoned.

Salisu mentioned Kwarai, Zango, Farfaru, Shinfida, Tsauni, Gurbin Magarya, Garin Maiwuya, and Tsambe among the villages.

While lamenting the camp’s sanitary conditions and acute water shortage, Salisu commended the state and Jibia Local Governments for providing two meals per day.

“Because there aren’t enough mattresses at the camp, many of us, particularly the men, go to Jibia and Magama towns to find other places to sleep.”

“Our children, approximately 3,000 of them in this camp, are now out of school, while our men have lost their means of subsistence, which is farming.”

“The bandits have stolen our animals, burned our houses and shops, and chased us out of our farms; even if we are resettled in our villages, they will not let us cultivate our farms,” Salisu lamented.

Rukayya Abubakar of Kwari village narrated that bandits had sacked 11 communities in her village.

“The bandits arrived on motorcycles, about a hundred motorcycles with three bandits on each motorcycle; they attacked Sanusawa, Tsinin Kaya, Garin Aikau, Garin Magajiya, Garin Jita, and Farfaru, and now over 2,000 of us from those communities are taking refuge in this section of the camp.”

“They kidnapped eight people in my family house, including my husband, his sister and her three children, my son-in-law, and two other people; they have been in their custody for three weeks, and we are pleading with the government to rescue them.”

A woman from Farfaru claimed that more than 70 people were kidnapped from those six villages.

According to Bishir Sabiu, the chairman of Jibia Local Government Area, IDPs in resident in the council have received ample supplies of relief, with support from the state government.

Reporting by Isma’il Adamu, editing by Daniel Adejo and Saadatu Albashir