Lack of food and other basics items, including clothing, is affecting the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kafin-Koro town, Paikoro LGA of Niger State, according to reports.
The IDPs who are from various communities including Adunu, Beni, Kabula, Zazzaga, Kazai, Fuka, Nanati and Kwagana LG, decried the lack of essentials.
A year-old boy, Christopher Yusuf, whose mother was kidnapped alongside dozens of others on March 14 in Adunu, Paikoro LGA, has been diagnosed with kwashiorkor.
Residents said the infant had been surviving on tea and artificial milk which he rarely accepts.
Reverend Fr Bahago Dauda Musa, Coordinator, Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Catholic Diocese of Minna, told Daily Trust that Christopher Yusuf had been taken to a private hospital in Adunu where he was administered drips and drugs.
Musa called on the government to assist in securing the release of dozens of those still in captivity.
It was gathered that bandits had cut down the ransom from N200 million they earlier demanded to N100 million and the communities had started contributing to secure the release of their loved ones.
Residents said, recently, some of the abductees were shot dead while four women and a little boy were set free to take the message home, threatening to kill more people if the ransom was not paid in time.
The Niger State Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Affairs, Emmanuel Umar, said the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) had already been directed to provide relief materials to the victims.
“We pay serious attention to people that have been displaced as a result of banditry or natural disasters. The local government is also doing its best to support the victims.
“On those that are still in captivity, our security operatives are doing their best in rescuing them. It’s unfortunate that these wicked people are working in collaboration with some informants in the affected communities.
“If you follow the trend of what has been happening in the Adunu and Ishau axis, it was surely the informants who were even pointing where the community people were taking refuge. But we are grateful that the last contact we had with the criminals, some of them were neutralised and some abductees were rescued and we will continue to do our best.”
On the issue of malnutrition, the commissioner said health professionals in the state would be engaged to provide medical support to the victims.
Also, the Director General of NSEMA, Ibrahim Inga, also confirmed to Daily Trust that the Secretary to State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, had already met with the community leaders and directives had been given to provide relief support to the victims.