Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has approved the payment of over N50 million as compensation to victims of the recent attack on the Potiskum International Cattle Market.
A statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego, said the payment of the compensation, which will be made this week, follows verification work done by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in collaboration with the leadership of the Cattle Marketers Association.
According to Bego, the families of each of the 63 people who died as a result of the attack will receive N600, 000, bringing the total to N28.8million while owners of 15 vehicles and three tricycles burnt during the attack will receive a total of N5, 850, 000.00, which represents 60 percent of the original costs of the burnt items.
The statement added: “Owners of 49 cattle that were burnt will receive N3, 433, 250. The sum of N10, 000 will go to each of the owners of 738 market stall burnt during the attack which totals N7, 380, 000.00. The 26 water and beans-cake vendors who lost items will also receive N10, 000.00 each. People who lost goats in the Goat Market close to the Cattle Market will receive a total of N2, 727, 810.00 which is 60 per cent of the cost of the lost goats.”
“Five cattle dealers will receive N1, 560, 000.00 as a result of loss of items belonging to other people in their possession.”
The Statement added that earlier, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has approved the sum of N5, 800, 000.00 to the 29 victims of the Cattle Market attack currently receiving treatment at the Potiskum General Hospital. It said each of them got N200, 000.00 to support their families while they continue to receive medical attention at government expense.