- Security officials in Abia state have intercepted 100 almajiris on the Abia-Enugu border
- The intercepted almajiris were hidden in a food truck heading into the state from the northern part of the country
- The almajiris were turned back as a result of the border closure in the state
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Over 100 almajiris intercepted by officials of the Abia state homeland security on Tuesday, May 5 on the Abia-Enugu border, have been sent back to their respective states.
Abia state commissioner for information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu, disclosed this during a recent interview.
According to him, the almajiris were turned back as a result of the border closure in the state.
The security team led by the commissioner for homeland security, Prince Dan Okoli intercepted the almajiris at the border between Abia and Enugu state on the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway. They were said to have been hidden in a food truck.
His words: “Overnight, several trucks conveying food items with several almajiris hiding in them were turned back at the same border.
“We consulted the northern community around the border and they arranged together to move them back to wherever that they are coming from.
“We don’t want to quarantine anybody here, because they are not supposed to be here. There’s a national restriction of movement.”
Recall that Governor Nasir El-Rufai has revealed that 50 of the almajiri children received from Kano accounted for the active COVID-19 cases in Kaduna state.
The Kaduna governor disclosed this on his verified Twitter handle on Saturday, May 2.
“The state has now recorded 50 cases from repatriated almajiri. Active cases have risen to 59,” the governor said.
Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on Monday, April 27, announced the immediate deportation of almajiris and all other beggars to their states of origin.
According to Wike, deporting the almajiris had become necessary to protect the people of Rivers state from the threat the beggars' present in spreading coronavirus.
The governor who disclosed this in a state broadcast on COVID-19 and shared on his official social media pages said some parts of Rivers state will be on complete lockdown.
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