Border Shutdown: Travellers From Sokoto Intercepted in Ibadan

Officers of the Nigeria Police have apprehended eleven travellers from Sokoto, who defied the inter-state lockdown order of the Oyo State Government in their bid to sneak into Akure, Ondo State.

Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde has however declared that the travellers would not be released to the Sokoto State Government until they undergo Covid-19 tests.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa says the government has begun Covid-19 tests for the travellers and would be remain isolated until the outcome of results of their Covid-19 tests.

Governor Makinde also explained that he was in touch with the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal and that the travellers would be sent back to Sokoto State.

The governor maintained that governors in the country were still discussing on how to enforce the inter-state lockdown throughout the country so as to curtail the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

In his response during the interrogation, the driver of the bus, who identified himself as Muhammad Idris said they passed through old roads and bushes from Sokoto to Niger and Kwara and then got into Ogbomoso, from where they entered Ibadan.

He added that they were going to Akure to reconcile with their family members.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Sina Olukolu, who briefed Governor Makinde on his arrival at the Gbagi Police Station, where the culprits were detained said that the travellers were apprehended at the Asejire Dam axis of the Ibadan-Osun boundary.

Members of the medical team of the COVID-19 Task Force were readily on hand to administer COVID-19 tests on the travellers to determine their status.

Iyabo Adebisi

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