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Borno donates food, N20m to families of slain farmers

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The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has distributed food items and N20 million to families of the 67 slain Zabarmari farmers.

It said the funds were provided by the Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.

The agrarian Zabarmari settlement is 20 kiometres northeast of Maiduguri, the state capital.

The growers were in their farms when Boko Haram terrorists slit their throats recently.

While distributing the food stuffs at the weekend, SEMA’s chairperson, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo, said: “Each bereaved family member got N600,000 and 10 bags of 12.5kg of maize and millet, two cartons of cooking oil, Maggie seasoning cubes and tomato paste.”

She added that the relief materials were part of social support to enable the bereaved pick up their lives.

“These will stabilise them from the loss of their loved ones,” Kolo noted.

For the rest 30,000 households, she said they would get their share of food in due course.

Residents, who lauded the gesture, however called for better security.

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