Fear Grips Residents Over Influx of Almajiris in Ondo

Palpable fear and apprehension have gripped residents of Akure and some communities in Akoko area of Ondo state over the influx of young people, popularly known as Almajiri boys, from the Northern part of the country amidst ravaging Coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the residents told Radio Nigeria that they were worried about the influx of scores of Almajiris at Shasha market and Dangote deport in Ilesa garage, Akure, while similar situation is being observed at Ikare, Ugbe and Arigidi Akoko.

Our staff Reporter, Leke Adegbite gathered that the boys who were suspected to be infected with COVID-19 were brought to Ondo state from Kano state by trucks carrying food items and other essential goods.

As a result of this ugly development, some residents took to their social media platforms to express their apprehension over the situation and called for actions from the Ondo state government and security agencies.

An eyewitness in Akure said scores of Almajiris were also seen at a popular cement depot, Ilesa road in Akure.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had yesterday called on residents of the state to report strange faces in their neighborhood to appropriate authorities for actions.

According to Akeredolu, while noting that some states in the Northern Nigeria are already deporting Almajiris to other parts of the country, called on the people to be vigilant and report any unusual large population of young people imported to Ondo State.

On his part, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Andie Undie said his men would enforce the government’s directive where necessary.

Leke Adegbite

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