Five pregnant Nigerian women have been delivered of babies at a make-shift Internally Displaced Persons camp located at a community in the neighbouring Benin Republic.
Our correspondent gathered on Sunday that the women were part of hundreds of residents of troubled communities in Yewaland, Ogun State, who fled to Benin Republic following alleged deadly attacks by suspected herdsmen.
One of the women was said to have had her baby delivered through a Caesarean operation in a Benin Republic hospital.
The residents were said to have fled to Eegelu, Ipobe, Igana, Ibore, Owode- Benin and Iga communities in Benin Republic.
Two men, whose wives were part of those that relocated to the neighbouring country told our correspondent that many villages, including Ohunbe, Asa, Agbon, Isuku, kodera, Iselu, Iyana Meta, Ibeku, Eegelu, Ipobe, Igbo-oko and Iganna, had been deserted by mostly women due to attacks by the suspected herdsmen.
The men, Monday Idowu and Sina Adekanbi, who soke exclusively to our correspondent, added that some men followed their wives with the children while few men stayed behind in the villages.
Idowu said, “Since last week that suspected herdsmen attacked some villages, we did not sleep here because we are all afraid that they may come for us again.
“The people fled some villages in Benin Republic since Sunday. Few of us that stayed behind are sleeping in bushes for the fear of more attack.
“These people came back the same day the governor visited our area. The day the commissioner led a delegation to this place, they attacked us. The governor said he would provide security, but we have not anybody. There is panic everywhere.”
On the situation of the people that fled to Benin Republic, Idowu said they “are living in the bush, but, the Benin Republic government take care of them.”
He said, “They (Benin Republic) registered them and feed them free of charge, but they were left outside under a tree because Beninoise people don’t have big houses.
“Among those who went there, five pregnant women have given birth.
“One of them, Odu Monday; his wife gave birth through a caesarean operation. The man followed his wife to Benin Republic.”
Also Adekanbi said, “My wives are in the Benin Republic. Except a few of us who are men, all our wives and children have gone to Benin Republic. We don’t have family in that country. Their government only helped us.”
He added that the refugees were still afraid to come back, adding that the affected Nigeria villages had become desolate.
Adekanbi said, “Today is the market day, no one can go there. We don’t know when this will end.”