- The border patrol team in Cross River has intercepted five truckloads of almajiris in the Gakem Bekwara local government area of the state
- The travellers were subsequently turned back by the border patrol team
- Christian Ita, a media aide to the state governor said the travellers were turned back purely in adherence to the COVID-19 protocol
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Cross River state government on Wednesday, May 6, reportedly intercepted five truckloads of almajiris and other passengers from northern Nigeria in the Gakem Bekwara local government area of the state.
The truckloads of almajiris were said to have been turned back to their destination by the border patrol team, comprising of security officials and the state COVID-19 task force, Vanguard reports.
The travellers were reported to have been found at night following intensive search and blockade of interstate vehicular travels in the state.
A source who does not want to be named said the passengers were sent back because they did not meet the COVID19 protocols.
Christian Ita, the special adviser to Governor Ayade on media publicity, said the decision to turn back the travellers was purely in adherence to the COVID-19 protocol.
“Cross River is not the first state ordering people to return to where they were coming from, but it’s simply about the following protocol. We are not sure about these people, we had to turn them back, Ita said.
Meanwhile, the Plateau government has announced that it has evacuated 709 almajiris and received 145 into the state.
This was disclosed by the secretary to the government of Plateau state, Professor Danladi Atu who briefed journalists on Wednesday, May 6 in Jos.
The decision followed the directive of Northern Governors Forum on the evacuation of almajiris to their respective states of origin.
He said the Almajiris received are currently under quarantine for 14 days and their sample would be taken and tested to ensure that they are medically fit before uniting them with their families.
On his part, the commissioner for health, Dr Ndam Lar said Plateau has so far tested 650 persons and four cases have been confirmed.
Dr Lar said the index case was from Jos North, two cases were confirmed in Mangu and a 45-year-old man from Jos North local government area was also confirmed positive on Tuesday, May 5.
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