- The iron barricade on Niger Bridge has been removed
- The barricade was mounted following an agreement between the Delta and Anambra government
- The barrier was dismantled on Tuesday, May 26, after delegates from both states agreed on new measures to curb inter-state movement
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Following public outcry, the governments of Anambra and Delta have removed the barricade mounted on the Niger Bridge as a measure to discourage inter-state movement.
The iron barricade which served as an artificial boundary between Asaba and Onitsha was removed after delegates of both state governments met on Tuesday, May 26, AIT News reports.
At the meeting, delegates from both sides discussed measures to curb the influx of persons through the boundary.
Ways of how to differentiate and how to unauthorized heavy-duty vehicles from genuine ones to reduce the pressure on the bridge were also discussed.
Moreover, the representatives agreed to exchange special security personnel who will facilitate the free movement of essential workers who used the bridge.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Anambra state government working in conjunction with its Delta state counterpart had erected a gate at the Niger bridge to restrict inter border pedestrian and vehicular movements to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
The COVID-19 taskforce members on border closure who shut the gate on Sunday, May 24, confirmed that the gate was erected on Saturday, May 23 night and would be shut intermittently to check movements.
According to them, only those exempted are allowed entry and exit and the gate will be shut completely from 8 pm to 7 am which is in line with the federal government directive of curfew.
This was also coming after allegations that all the cases of COVID-19 discovered in Anambra involved persons that sneaked into the state while the inter-state movement was barred.
According to the NCDC statistics, Delta state has recorded 31 cases of Covid-19 and Anambra has reported eight cases as of Sunday, May 24. There was, however, tension at the Delta state end of the bridge as the iron barrier was pulled down by some angry Deltans.
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