The Kaduna State Government has ordered that all roadblocks at the various borders of the state be removed and replaced by barricades.
The order was contained in a statement issued by Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye on Monday.
The statement said that the decision was reached based on the recommendation of the State Taskforce on COVID-19.
Following a review of the situation in the state boundaries, the task force had directed that henceforth, the only roadblocks authorised within the state are those that are mounted to enforce the 8pm-5am curfew.
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“While non-essential travel has been wantonly indulged at the state boundaries, there are reports of continued extortion by some security agents of vehicles transporting essentials goods,” it stated.
“Clearly, the prohibition of interstate travel by the Federal Government as part of Covid-19 containment efforts has largely been observed in the breach by the people charged with enforcing it.
“Officials on boundary duty consistently reported at best lacklustre or perfunctory cooperation by security agencies in enforcing the interstate travel ban,” added the statement.
It noted that the state government had received reports of persistent extortion of vehicles conveying essential goods by some security officials, thus complicating an already challenging period.