September 25, 2022
Banditry: Sokoto residents deposit victims’ bodies at Nigerien hospitals

Banditry: Sokoto residents deposit victims’ bodies at Nigerien hospitals

…As lawmaker donates gens to hospitals

From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto

Residents of communities in Illela town, headquarters of Illela Local Government of Sokoto State have, due to constant power outage, resorted to taking dead bodies of victims of bandit attacks to Konni hospitals’ morgue in neighbouring Niger Republic to avoid decomposing and environmental pollution.

The proliferation of banditry and killings of residents in Illela communities, one of the local government areas in the eastern axis of the state, remain a source of concern, which hitherto, resulted in the lost of souls in alarming proportion at short frequencies, thus forcing residents to move corpses to the neighbouring country of Niger Republic before handing over to respective families and relatives for burial.

However, following the development, occasioned by consistent failure in electricity supply, the member representing Gwadabawa/Illela Constituency at the House of Representatives, Dr. Abdullahi Balarabe Salame (APC-Sokoto), expressed concern over the mind-boggling situation threatening the comfort and peace of communities and constituents.

According to the lawmaker, the trend of experience is devastating and worrisome with the frequent power outage which also forced an unhealthy decision of taking bodies of victims of bandit attacks to Konni hospitals morgue in Niger Republic.

“Complaints have reached me by members of the affected communities that they have resolved to move corpses of their deceased family members, relatives killed by bandits to neighbouring community of Konni town in Niger Republic.

“They said instead of keeping them at Illela hospital cold facilities where there is constant power outage, they prefer taking the bodies to Konni in Niger Republic and later return them to Illela in Sokoto State when ready for burial,” Salame said. Dr. Salame observed that the decision to move the corpses to Niger Republic was to avoid impact of decomposing bodies to the health of residents and the communities’ environment, adding that: “they felt hospitals in Niger Republic experience constant electricity supply and other cold facilities that will prevent the bodies from decomposing.”

Moving forward on the power outage, the lawmaker donated three brand new 48KVA power generators to Illela and Gwadabawa General Hospitals as well one to enable the supply of water to Salame community respectively.

Salame, who further expressed shock in devastation on the incessant killing activities of bandits rendering many women as widows and children orphans, also donated clothing materials for distribution to 24,000 internally displaced persons. In addition, he donated 38 tricycles, 172 motorcycles and 181 sewing machines for women within the constituency.

This, the lawmaker said, was aimed at empowering his constituents towards attaining some level of self reliance through meaningful business activities.

In his remarks, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who commended the efforts of the lawmaker for extending the gesture to constituents, advised politicians to practice politics without bitterness for the development of the state and the nation in general.

Tambuwal further said he was ready to respond to invitation on such initiatives from any politician irrespective of party differences so long as it is for the benefit of the people of the state.

He noted that politics of bitterness was detrimental to development, urging politicians in the state to put hands together irrespective of their political differences and foster unity and mutual understanding among members for the rapid development of the state.

Responding, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, praised the foresight of the legislator, called for all leaders in the country to emulate him by ensuring that democratic dividends were given to the communities. He also called on the beneficiaries to ensure judicious use of the items so as to be self-reliant.

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