By: Misbahu Bashir
Victims of the 2011 post election violence in Kaduna State yesterday staged a peaceful protest demanding the payment of compensation by the federal government.
Thousands of people across the state were displaced by the violence while hundreds were killed. Also, property worth millions of naira were said to have been destroyed during the crisis.
A presidential panel of investigation set up by government shortly after the violence recommended payment of compensation to victims.
Yesterday, the victims under the auspices of Network for Justice, a non-governmental organisation, carried placards and chanted ‘No compensation, no votes’ during the protest.
Leader of the victims, Mohammed Dan’Azumi Zonkwa, said: “It is on record that nine states have so far benefited from President Goodluck Jonathan’s pledge to compensate the victims to enable them rehabilitate their lives but victims in Kaduna State are yet to receive theirs.”
He appealed to the president and Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero to come to their aid.
SOURCE: DAILY TRUST