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Niger Gov Accuses Security Officials of Compromising Lockdown Order

From Dan Amasingha, Minna

Niger state governor,  Alhaji  Abubakar Sani Bello has come hard on  security agents, accusing them of sabotaging the lockdown order by allowing commuters to travel at night.

The Governor who lamented over the way traders and drivers have been going to Kano despite the situation in that state and directed local government chairmen from the affected council to quarantine anyone returning from Kano to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who spoke during the flag-off of public wearing of face masks, said the local government areas involved include Tafa, Munya, Suleja, Paikoro, Bosso, Chachanga, Kontagora, Rafi, and Mariga.

“You have to be on the road from 3 pm to detain anyone who is coming from Kano. The case in Kano is very serious and we have to take it seriously to prevent the spread in the state.

According to the state chief executive, security  agencies has compromise the restriction of movement stressed that security of all entry points into the state would be reinforced to ensure strict adherence to the lockdown directive. 

“For the past two days, I went out very early in the morning and I saw a lot of cars coming from Kontagora who were going to Kano, not less than 30 cars and they were going to Kano. 

“In this day and age where we have seen what is happening in Kano in these last few days, Kano should be a place where one should be avoiding. Sadly, I ask them if they know the situation on the ground in Kano and they said they did, and also if they know about the virus, they also said they did but they still choose to leave kontagora to Kano despite what is on the ground. 

“The annoying part is that there are checkpoints where they are coming from but they were not stopped. It seems the security agents are compromising the lockdown effort. They collect stipends and allow the people to pass. They should know that they are not immune to this virus and they are also endangering their lives.

Bello stated that the restriction order in the state is still in force adding that other categories of people have been added to those on essential duties. 

“In addition to those on essential duties, food and water vendors, shops and supermarkets, pharmaceutical stores and farmers will be allowed to operate under strict adherence to physical distancing as well as handwashing and use of sanitizers.”

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