- Forty travellers coming from Kano to Lagos have been intercepted in Niger state
- Another 19-man batch travelling from Lagos to Kano was also stopped in the north-central state
- A statement by the chief press secretary to Governor Abubakar Bello said the intercepted travellers have been charged to mobile court
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Amid growing coronavirus scare, 40 travellers from Kano state en route Lagos have been intercepted in Niger - a state in the north-central linking the north region to the southwest.
This was contained in a statement on Wednesday, May 6, by the chief press secretary to Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger state, Mary Noel-Berje.
Noel-Berje further disclosed that another 19-man batch was also intercepted while travelling from Lagos to Kano state despite inter-state movement restriction.
Legit.ng recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had relaxed the lockdown measures imposed on Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja beginning from Monday, May 4.
The president, during a nationwide broadcast to Nigerians on Monday, April 27, also slammed a two-week lockdown on Kano amid "strange deaths" and rise in the Covid-19 cases in the state.
But upon intercepting the Kano travellers in Niger, the state commissioner of health, Muhammad Makusidi, said culprits have been charged to mobile court where they would be made to pay fine or face possible imprisonment.
“Despite the interstate lockdown, people are still moving under any small opportunity they got. I can’t imagine people travelling under the cover of trampoline and sack of rice.
“For us, we are not going to leave any stone unturned, they are going back to where they came from," part of the statement read.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that not less than eleven travellers coming from Sokoto state en route Akure have been intercepted with four out of them testing positive to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Taiwo Ladipo, Oyo state's incident manager, on Tuesday, May 5, disclosed that the travellers were intercepted by Oyo state police command at the weekend.
He further stated that the confirmed cases have been held in isolation at the Infectious Diseases Centre, Olodo.
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