COVID-19 Lockdown: Gov Abiodun Laments Over Security Agents Lapses At Borders
By ABIODUN JIMOH, ABEOKUTA
The influx of immigrants into Ogun State have become a source of worrisome to the state government despite the Federal Government ban on interstate travel for non-essential services and the daily night curfew.
Ogun State, being the gateway to Nigeria in spite of heavy security personnel across the state and national borders has been lagging behind in carrying out the presidential order as immigrants now found the state borders too porous to cross in.
In a recent media briefing by Governor Dapo Abiodun in Abeokuta, he expressed worrisome on how these immigrants were trooping and beating the security agents stationed across these borders.
In his words, he said: “Some people still flagrantly flout the Presidential ban on inter-state travel for non-essential services and the daily night curfew.
“For example, four people from Kotangora, Niger State, were intercepted right in front of the Governor’s Office, here in Abeokuta on Monday, this week.
“What is worrisome is how they managed to beat all the security barricades along the state borders and within the states that they passed through before getting into our dear state.
“Whilst we are battling with internal migration, the immigrants from outside the country through our international land borders have also not given up, despite the closure of international borders.
“Nineteen nationals from Togo and Ivory Coast were intercepted after crossing into Ogun State, nay Nigeria through illegal land border routes on Wednesday. They are being quarantined at Idi-Iroko, pending repatriation back to their countries.
“On the domestic front, many of our people are yet to fully appreciate that their welfare and well-being are their personal responsibilities. Many are still not complying with the precautionary measures and guidelines.
“In the last one week, the security agencies apprehended and charged before the Mobile Courts 224 violators of the lockdown and Presidential directive on curfew. Some motorists still carry more than the approved number of passengers whilst some people still move about in the public without use of the face masks.
“This is the new normal and we must accept it. It is the compliance that will help us to further ease the lockdown.
“The low-level of compliance in the country also informed the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, with the approval of Mr. President, to extend the period of the current eased lockdown in the country for another two weeks that will lapse in a week’s time.”