The continued onslaught by bandits against farming communities in Niger State has displaced thousands of people who have relocated to other parts of the state particularly Minna, the state capital, as observed by Daily Trust Saturday.
The Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) crisis in Niger State has continued to worsen as more people troop daily to seek refuge from rampaging bandits.
While the state government and concerned authorities appear to be overwhelmed, affected communities say they look up to the government to help provide security to enable them return home.
Soberly seated alone at the backyard of the house he was taking refuge with his family in Maitumbi area of Minna, the Village Head of Kuburi, Munya Local Government Area, Alhaji Attairu, told Daily Trust Saturday that the tears they had shed was enough to get government support to rescue them from the people he described as “heartless enemies” of the poor.
On a normal day, he would have been in his farm, especially as the rainy season approaches but Alhaji Attairu and hundreds of other peasant farmers in Munya, Shiroro, Rafi, Magama, Mariga and other local governments have become refugees in different towns and villages.
The frustration he said was the warning by bandits, asking them to stay clear of their farms this rainy season or get killed.