Enugu state clamps down on 300 almajiris relocating from north

Enugu state clamps down on 300 almajiris relocating from north

- Nine busloads of almajiris were intercepted on Thursday, May 7, at the Enugu-Benue boundaries in Enugu state

- The intercepted almajiris who were heading into the state from the north were subsequently turned back by the border patrol team

- The Enugu state government noted that similar operations aimed at preventing infiltration into the state were in place

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Following reports of almajiris trying to find new havens in the south, the Enugu state government on Thursday, May 7, intercepted and turned back nine busloads conveying the pupils after a failed attempt to sneak them in.

According to The Guardian, about three hundred of the pupils around the Enugu-Benue boundaries were stopped by security operatives alongside council chairmen and youths.

However, the Enugu State government in a statement on Thursday, revealed that similar operations were ongoing at the Enugu-Abia boundary and Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway to prevent infiltration and enforce the ban on interstate transport.

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Solomon Onah, the Chairman of Udenu Council, however, said the local administration was fully mobilized and working round the clock to ensure that the restrictions by the were obeyed.

Enugu state clamps down on 300 almajiris relocating from north
Enugu state intercepts 300 almajiris relocating from the north
Source: UGC

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously that the 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.

The travellers were reported to have been found at night following intensive search and blockade of interstate vehicular travels in the state.

In a related development, the Jigawa state government has disclosed that 16 almajiris (Islamic school pupils) recently sent to the state from Kano have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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The disclosure was made by the Jigawa state commissioner of health, Abba Zakari, on Thursday, May 7. He said the state sent a total of 607 samples of the returned almajiris, and only 45 samples were ready on Thursday.

The commissioner, who is the chairman of the Jigawa Taskforce on COVID-19, said the remaining 29 almajiris that tested negative for the virus will be united with their families.

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