Operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested four Northern Youth, who sneaked into the State from Niger State, despite inter-state travel ban by the Federal Government.
Parading the youth in Abeokuta, the State Commandant of the Corps, Mr. Hammed Abodurin, said they were intercepted at Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta at about 10:30am on Tuesday, for violating the State lock down, being in the public without using face masks and riding unregistered motorcycles.
Abodurin said, “Further interrogation showed that the youth, who were from Niger State with their motorcycles, boarded a truck conveying food stuff from Katangura to Lagos, dropped at Ogere and continued the journey with their motorbikes to Abeokuta, where they were arrested”.
The Commandant condemned drivers for using their trucks, meant to convey food items, to bring in people, who do not have fixed address and means of livelihood to the State, adding that they would be handed over to the State Mobile Court for violating the lock down and ban on inter-state travel.
He decried the non-challant attitude of the people for not obeying the sit at home order, calling on his men to be more vigilant and arrest violators, so as to curb the pandemic in the State.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Retired Assistant Inspector General of Police, Sola Subair, reiterated government’s commitment of to protect the people at all times, as well flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He warned that any person or group of people, who enter the State, especially during this period of inter-state travel ban, would be returned back to their States.
Responding to questions from Newsmen, one of the youth, Ayuba Musa, aged 27, denied knowledge of the lock down of the State and the ban on inter-state travel, saying they came as a result of hunger to Abeokuta to make a living.
Others arrested were, Luda Joshua, 26, Amos Ibrahim, 25 and Samuel John, 30.