By James Danjuma
Cheques worth N100m were yesterday presented to hundreds of victims attacked by cattle rustlers in Katsina State.
The attack, which occurred in several communities in five council areas, had occurred in March and had led to the death of 117 people with over 1,500 displaced.
Shortly before presenting cheques to some of the victims in Faskari council area, Governor Ibrahim Shema said the money was part of outcome of a committee set up by government to assess extent of damage by the attacks.
He said more than N500,000 would be issued to each family that lost a loved one, and that the amount would be shared in line with inheritance rights as stipulated in Islamic law.
He said those wounded would get a minimum of N100,000 and maximum of N300,000 each and that those that lost property would get a minimum of N557,000 each.
Shema, represented by his deputy, Abdullahi Garba also said that a non-governmental organisation, Jaiz Foundation, had given food items, including hundreds of bags of maize, millet, rice, groundnut oil, and cloth materials to affected victims. He said the food items would be distributed to victims in all the affected community areas for the next two to three days.
He assured that military personnel would continue to be on ground in affected area to ensure the incident does not re-occur, and that efforts would be made to restore normalcy to affected communities.