The Katsina State government has disbursed the sum of N20 million to assist 33 families of local vigilante members who paid the supreme price in the line of duty.
The state governor, Malam Umar Dikko Radda announced the donation at the official presentation of cash to the victims’ families at the weekend.
He explained that no fewer than 10 vigilante members who sustained various degree of injuries and a policeman received N250,000 each, while the family of a military personnel who lost his life got N1 million.
The governor who was represented by the secretary to the state government, SSG, Abdullahi Faskari, added that some of the beneficiaries would receive N500,000 cash, and reiterated that some members of the public who sustained injuries during the recent bandit attacks across the affected areas would also be considered in due course.
Mallam Radda maintained that the gesture was part of his campaign promises towards appreciating those who sacrificed their lives and comfort in securing the state, assuring his administration’s commitment to fighting insecurity and other related crimes and criminality across the state.
Earlier, the senior special assistant to the governor on Support of Victims of Banditry, Sa’idu Danja said the government had spent over N11.8 million for the treatment of victims of banditry attacks, adding that over 80 victims were treated free of charge at various health facilities and about 40 of them had since been discharged.