By Wole Mosadomi
MINNA – Niger State government has said that it spent the sum on N77m to dislodge the members of the Daru-Islam religion sect in Mokwa area of the state.
The amount was spent as compensations for the displaced people, their farm lands and economic trees, security, transportation to their respective countries and other valuables.
The Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Aliyu Baba Barau, who addressed newsmen on how far the government has gone on the displacement of the group, put the total number of the sect members at 4,025 out of which 171 were foreigners.
Barau was flanked by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Michael Zuokumur, Commissioner of Health and Hospital Services, Dr. Ibrahim B. Sule, who is also chairman of the resettlement committee. and other top government officials.
Alhaji Barau said the state government took the proactive step to dislodge the people in order to forestall a similar religions violence of the likes of Maitasine, Bulumkutu and recently that of Boko Haram
He said numerous security reports have indicted the sect members of not living in conformity with the ideals of the society which include evading of tax payment, kicking against voters registration and keeping the children away from immunization against polio and their hostile behaviour with their immediate community.