- Despite the federal government's order, some presidential aides still make interstate travels
- A media aide to Presidential Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, said that this is only done when it is necessary
- Shehu explained that these aides always presented themselves to security agents at checkpoints for necessary interrogations
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, has opened up that interstate trips are still made by President Muhammadu Buhari's aides despite the interstate lockdown.
In his remarks on Monday, June 15, Shehu admitted that some presidential aides still travel only after they have been permitted by security agents at checkpoints, Channels TV reports.
The presidential aide dismissed the view that the presidency has failed and is disobeying the directive of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Shehu pointed out that "When it is warranted, the people can offer themselves at the checkpoints and once the explanations they give are convincing, they are allowed to proceed. I think this happens all over the country.
“We follow what the NCDC and ministry of health prescribe. The difference the Villa makes is that there is an eye on everyone.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following public outcry, the governments of Anambra and Delta had 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.
At the meeting, delegates from both sides discussed measures to curb the influx of persons through the boundary.
Ways of how to differentiate 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 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 will be shut intermittently to check movements.
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