- The Bayelsa state government is truly enforcing the lockdown order it imposed on residents
- Following its no-entry directive, the state government on Sunday, May 10, intercepted some almajiri boys intercepted by its COVID-19 task force team
- The state also said that the almajiris were conveyed in two buses and that they were sent back to where they came from
In adherence to the no-entry order by the Delta government, the state's cOVID-109 task force on Sunday, May 10, intercepted two busloads of Almajiri boys.
This was announced by the permanent secretary of the state ministry of information and orientation, Freston Akpo.
Akpo said that the interception of the almajiris was achieved through the joint efforts of officials of the task force and some security operatives.
According to The Sun, officials of the task force said that some of the boys “...claimed they were on their way to the state on a commercial fishing expedition, others claimed to be on the way to Port Harcourt, Rivers State en route Bayelsa waters.”
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Akpo also disclosed that the boys including their drivers were escorted to Patani, the border between Delta and Bayelsa.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano state governor, has decried the treatment of almajiri children, saying the street urchins were being used for unnecessary publicity instead of them to be received with open arms.
Speaking at a media briefing on Sunday, May 10, Ganduje said the almajiri in Kano were returned back to their home states "in good faith" and in accordance to procedures of Northern Governors' Forum.
He, however, raised an eyebrow against "noises" being made by his northern colleagues, adding that Kano state does not make politics out the repatriation of the kid beggars as some neighbouring state governments do.
“We agreed at the Northern Governors' Forum that all Almajiris moved to their states of origin. That is why we are sending, in good faith and procedures, all Almajiris that are not from Kano state to their respective states of origin," Ganduje remarked.
He added: “The way we are sending back Almajiris to their states of origin, we are also receiving Almajiris from other states who are Kano indigenes. But the fact that we are not making noise about it does not mean they are all healthy without COVID-19 infections.
"But we are not making politics out of it because we all believe that what they need most now, is not noise making or publicity. What they need at this critical point in time is caregiving.”
Governor Ganduje urged the people criticising the state over the number of almajiri kids who tested positive to Covid-19 to understand the process involved in the decision.
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