COVID-19 borders closure, lockdown directive: Tambuwal arrests 8 passengers, directs prosecution

Sokoto State
Sokoto State

….as police intercept more defaulters

By  Ado Hassan, Sokoto

Eight passengers including the driver of a commercial bus arrested in Sokoto by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal are to be prosecuted for  violating the borders closure directive which is applicable to both international and intrar state entry points to the state inorder to curtail the spread of the ravaging corona virus pandemic.

Tambuwal gave the  directive  to the state Police Command Wednesday to liaise with the state  Commissioner of Justice and ensure the prosecution of the violators of the subsisting government borders closure order.

However, Sokoto state has maintained its zero record of COVID-19 free pandemic since the global outbreak. According to a statement by Muhammad Bello his Special Adviser  Media and  Public Affairs, the governor while on his way back from Tureta local government bordering Sokoto and Zamfara states, accosted the vehicle on the road, only to discover it was a commercial bus, conveying passengers out of the state when he arrested and handed them over to the state police commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Sani Kaoje for prosecution.

The Federal Government, in the wake of the ravaging Corona Virus Disease, known as Covid-19, had issued a sit-at-home order for two weeks in order to curtail and contain the disease.

The Commissioner of Police said all the passengers were being interrogated to know their culpability and promised they would be charged to court as directed by the governor.
In a related development , the state Command of the Force has said that the State Joint Task Force on COVD-19 lockdown has intercepted three vehicles with no fewer than 18 passengers and their drivers for defying the lockdown directive.

The development was contained in a statement Thursday by the State Police Command PPRO, ASP Abubakar Sadiqwho said that two of the vehicles , a Sharon and a Toyota Hiace carrying 7  and 6 passengers respectively were Kaduna-Abuja and Gusau -Abuja bound from Sokoto while the third vehicle, a Mercedeze Benz, conveying 5 passengers was Sokoto bound from Kaduna before they were intercepted separately at the intrar border point to Sokoto

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