OVER 30 vehicles loaded with passengers coming from the northern part of the country were intercepted by soldiers manning an Army checkpoint in Nsukka, Enugu State as they were trying to enter or pass through the state to other states in the southern part of the country.
Their action was in violation of the COVID-19 lock-down and restriction of movement declared by various states of the federation,including Enugu State, as part of the precautionary measures to contain the spread of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.
They were refused entry into the state and escorted back by security personnel to where they were coming from.
Mindful of the need for strict compliance with the restriction order, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had on several occasions, embarked on late night unscheduled supervision of how the land borders are being manned and had strictly warned the security personnel to be firm and never allow anybody enter the state.
Some of the passengers in the intercepted vehicles covered themselves with bags of food items as disguise, as the consignments are among items permitted into the states as essential commodities.
The passengers were mostly from northern parts of the country, according to the security officials on duty.
One of the intercepted passengers, Peter who was coming into the state from Benue State, said they trekked from the land boundary between Enugu and Benue States up to Obollo Afor in Udenu Local Government Area, where they boarded vehicles.
Some of the intercepted vehicles were heading to the north from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and one of the passengers explained that they passed through the Bonny River to cross the Rivers State’s land boundaries to be able to board buses through Enugu State, to their destinations, stressing that they were desirous to return to their native homes and face the inherent challenges occasioned by COVID-19.
The security operatives, who escorted the passengers back warned them and other intending travellers to stay at home and keep away from Enugu State and obey government directives for their own good.
They told them it is life first before business. We are on top of the index situation —Abia govt Following the discovery of two COVID-19 cases in the state, Abia State goverment has urged residents of the state not to panic as it is on top of the situation.
Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, who made the appeal during a radio programme in Umuahia, explained that the state government has put modalities in place to stop the spread of the virus in the state.
Source: Vanguard NGR