Borno Gov’t to punish COVID-19 lockdown violators

Borno State government said it would no longer tolerate violators of the total lockdown order imposed on non-essential movements in a bid to contain the influx of COVID-19.

The Deputy Governor of Borno, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, gave the warning when he visited the entry point of Njimtilo to monitor compliance with the order on Wednesday in Maiduguri.

Mr. Kadafur was outraged after he discovered long queues of commercial and private vehicles coming from various destinations at the Njimtilo checking point.

The vehicles were, however, prevented from coming into the state capital.

The deputy governor said that it was unfortunate that some people took the COVID-19 pandemic for granted, which explains why they were defying the lockdown.

He warned that the government had ordered security agents to deal decisively with anyone who flouts the state government directives.

Kadafur explained that the restriction measures were not put in place with the intention to punish travelers and commuters but to protect the people from the dreaded global pandemic.

“The reopening of the gate on Monday was done to allow those who did not get adequate information on the restriction order to come into the state.

“That should not give room for continuous violation of the order,” he said. (NAN)

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