The Living Faith Church, Winners Chapel, on Friday, distributed relief materials worth millions of Naira to victims of suspected herdsmen attacks in some communities in Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The church distributed relief materials, including clothing and foot wear, were distributed to representatives of the affected communities for onward distribution to victims.

Sen. Philip Gyunka(PDP-Nasarawa) commended the church for the kind gesture.

“When your people are in trouble, you go all out to get help as much as possible and that is what I have done.

“Immediately the attacks started, I moved a motion in senate and NEMA responded by sending relief materials to the victims, which we are grateful for.

“Again the church decided to intervene by bringing relief materials as well.

“God gave us a charge to be our brothers’ keepers and that is what the church has shown today and we grateful,” he said.

While thanking the Federal Government and security agents for helping to restore normalcy to the area, he called for more security presence, adding that the people were still in fear of more attacks.

On the condition of the victims, the lawmaker said, “some of the internally displaced Persons(IDPs) were still living in different camps across the local government.

He added that most of them, for fear of more attacks, decided to live with friends and other well meaning Nigerians.

Mr Ojo Adeniran, Resident Pastor, Living Faith Church, Akwanga, handed the materials to representatives of the victims.

Adeniran, was represented by Mr Dangana Adamu, Pastoral Assistant, Living Faith Church Akwanga.

Adamu said, “It is one of the teachings of the church to help those in need and that is what informed this gesture by the church.

Rev. Chugu Samson, Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), Akwanga, said donation of relief materials by the church was to help ameliorate the sufferings of the people.

He said, ” the relief materials is like dew from heaven because our people are really traumatised and displaced.

“It is a difficult situation and this show of love is well appreciated. The relief materials are for all that have been affected in the attacks, irrespective of religion.

The Chief Imam, College of Education Akwanga, Alhaji Shuaibu Nasidi-Loko said their joy knew no bound when they got the news.

He thanked all that made the donation possible.

“I am full of joy and I appreciate the gesture by the church, CAN, Jama’atu Nasril Islam and all who have worked to make this a reality.

“I want to specifically thank Sen. Philip Gyunka for the effort he has made so far,” he said.

Nasidi-Loko, who is also a lecturer, prayed for peaceful coexistence among the people.

One of the victims, Mrs Rakiya Ali, thanked all that made efforts  to ensure that the materials were brought to them.

Ali, an aged woman, said her son was in critical condition in the hospital following the attack, while her son’s wife died in the attack, a  child.

According to her, their village, Kuchu-Numa was attacked during the baby’s naming ceremony.

She said about 17 people were killed. d

She noted that the couple, who were married for several years without the fruit of the womb, decided to celebrate the arrival of their first baby when they were attacked living the mother dead.

Ali called on well meaning Nigerians to assist her in taking care of the child, adding that she was left to cater to him alone.

Three communities, Numan-Kuchu, Mente and Nidan in Akwanga Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State, were on March 28 and April 14 attacked by suspected gunmen.

Following the attacks, the National Emergency Management Agency, distributed relief materials worth millions of Naira to the victims.

edited by Sadiya Hamza