Five babies were delivered at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp at Kalambaina, Sokoto, between May 7 and May 9, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said on Sunday in Sokoto.
Mr Thickman Tanimu, NEMA Assistant Head, Sokoto Zonal Operations Office, who disclosed this to newsmen said that of the five new babies, three were girls, while two were boys.
Tanimu said that two babies were delivered on May 7 while on transit to Sokoto, two on May 8 and one on May 9, adding the mothers and children were hale and hearty.
According to him, on Wednesday, May 6, the agency evacuated 2,000 IDPs, including the new babies, from Geidam in Yobe State, to Sokoto, adding that nearly 80 per cent of the affected people were from Kebbi, while the rest were from Sokoto State.
Tanimu said: “They were earlier displaced due to insurgent activities in Doron-Baga in Borno and they fled to Gegeme in Difa state, Niger Republic as refugees.
“However, they were also unfortunately deported back to Geidam in Yobe state after an insurgent attack at their IDPs camp in Niger Republic.
“It was from Geidam that the IDP’s were screened by NEMA and security agencies, and the agency evacuated them to Sokoto.’’
He said that the affected persons from Sokoto State had almost been evacuated by the state government to their various towns and villages across the 23 local governments of the state.
Tanimu commended Gov. Aliyu Wamakko for donating clothing materials and money to all the 2000 IDPs at the camp, apart from providing the camp.
He said that NEMA was providing food items, blankets, rubber mats, water and other essential needs to the IDPs.