A picture exhibiting the map of Benue, a state in North-Central Nigeria.
No less than eight ‘water peddlers’ are on the run in Benue after the federal government rounded up 12 others in an residence in Makurdi, the state capital.
Based on locals, the ‘water peddlers’, often known as ‘Mai Ruwa’, had come into Makurdi inside the final two weeks from Kano.
Kano is likely one of the most affected states as Nigeria battles to include the novel coronavirus which has killed greater than 250,000 the world over.
A resident of Wukari road, within the Wurukum axis of Makurdi, the place the individuals had been discovered, Martins Dagbah, stated the residents needed to attain out to the federal government after one other particular person got here from Kano on Tuesday to affix these on the bottom.
Based on Dagbah, the individuals got here into Benue as Mai’Ruwa (water retailers) and have been supplying water to residents inside the group.
The water peddlers reportedly all sleep on the ground in a two-room residence with no furnishings.
Border Management Worries
Following the invention, Benue state Deputy-Governor and Chairman of the state’s COVID-19 response staff, Benson Abounu, stated he was anxious in regards to the porous border management measures and requested the federal authorities to lock down the nation to keep away from a spike in COVID-19 infections.
“I think a total lockdown is probably the right thing to do,” he stated. “The lockdown on inter-state journey just isn’t occurring.
“And the second case we had in Benue was from Kano. We can’t tolerate this.”
The Deputy-Governor stated samples of the 12 individuals will probably be collected and despatched to Abuja.