Government of Borno State has quarantined over 70 travellers for disobeying the lockdown order imposed to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, gave this information in an interview with Newsmen, while monitoring compliance with the stay-at-home order on Sunday, April 26, in Maiduguri.
Alhaji Kadafur, who is the Chairman of the State’s High Powered Response Team for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19, said the travellers were arrested while attempting to sneak into the state capital on trucks conveying essential foodstuffs.
He said that the travellers would spend at least 14 days in isolation at the Maiduguri Hajj camp during which they would undergo test for COVID-19 before they would be allowed into the state.
He explained that some of the travellers comprising 45 males and 25 females, claimed they came from Lagos, Delta, Kano, Plateau, and Kaduna States among others.
Alhaji Kadafur also said that the drivers who violated the lockdown were also nabbed and isolated for violating the order.
The deputy governor said that security agencies had intensified patrol at all entry points to crack down desperate travellers coming into the state illegally.
He further reiterated the government commitment to fight the pandemic and prevent it from being transported into the state.
He added that government would take very drastic measures by sending drivers conveying the passengers to jail to serve as warning to others.
According to him, government would not fold its arms and watch few selfish people cause havoc in the state.
On level of compliance with the lockdown in the state capital, Kadafur commended the Maiduguri residents for complying with the lockdown order, describing it as “very impressive.”
“As you can see, we went round to check religious centers to ensure they complied with the directives and so far, they have all complied to stay at home. This is very commendable.
“The lockdown will be relaxed Monday and Thursday.
He therefore appealed to the resident to exercise the basic preventive measures so that they can collectively prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Alhaji Kadafur also said that Prices of food items and other items on high demand had recorded increase due to the Ramadan Fast.
We appeal to them not to use the COVID-19 lockdown to add to the hardship of the vulnerable people.