The Cross River State Government in collaboration with Peace Corps Nigeria has intercepted and sent back at least 11 trucks carrying Almajiris into the state.
The trucks were intercepted at the Gakem-Benue border in Bekwarra Local Government Area of the state.
Head of the taskforce team at the border and State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr Omang-Idiege, told newsmen that the trucks were turned back at Gakem-Benue border for flouting the inter-state lockdown order of the federal government.
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“President Mohammadu Buhari had announced an interstate lockdown of persons not on essential duties, I wonder why we keep being confronted with trucks at the Gakem-Benue border conveying Almajirai.
“We will not succumb to any form of challenge or gratification to allow any passenger vehicle or truck conveying Almajirai entrance into the state,” he said.
Idiege said that the 11 trucks were sent back to their places of origin between May 4 to 17, adding that the taskforce had continued to maintain a steady presence at the border.
On his part, Commandant of Peace Corps Nigeria, Dr Dominic Okweche, said that the Corps was driven by passion to protect Cross River borders against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Okweche said that he has deployed over 100 Peace Corps personnel across the state since the COVID-19 taskforce was inaugurated.