A file photograph of a police patrol van.
Eleven travellers who contravened the inter-state journey ban have been intercepted by the Oyo State Police Command in an try and sneak into Akure, the Ondo State capital by Ibadan.
The travellers defined that they got here from Sokoto to return to their households in Akure, after greater than 4 weeks of being stranded in Sokoto on account of the COVID-19 lockdown.
In his response, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, stated the travellers wouldn’t be launched to the Sokoto State authorities till they endure COVID-19 assessments which had already begun.
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Governor Makinde made the comment after receiving a briefing from the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, Sina Olukolu, on the Gbagi Police Station the place the culprits had been detained in a single day in Ibadan, the state capital.
He stated that the travellers had been apprehended on the Asejire Dam axis of the Ibadan-Osun boundary, including that they claimed that they had been travelling from Sokoto en-route to Akure.
The governor insisted that the travellers would stay remoted till the outcomes of their COVID-19 assessments had been obtained.
He stated, “We aren’t in a position to clarify how they acquired right here within the first place as a result of there may be inter-state lockdown all through the nation.
“They claimed they got here from Sokoto they usually should have handed by so many states.”
Governor Makinde revealed that he has given directives to the impact that the travellers can be stored remoted in Ibadan till the outcomes of their COVID-19 assessments had been obtained.
He, nevertheless, famous that he had contacted the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, saying the travellers can be despatched again to Sokoto State afterwards.
The governor careworn that governors within the nation had been nonetheless discussing on learn how to implement the inter-state lockdown all through the nation, to curtail the unfold of coronavirus.
“It’s a dialogue happening with the remaining governors in Nigeria as a result of inter-state lockdown was put in place for a specific purpose and what we’ve agreed to do is, in every particular person state the place you might have inter-state motor parks, there should be on lockdown.
“If they’re locked down, at the least 80 to 85 per cent of our issues would have been solved. It’s an ongoing dialogue and I consider that would be the final solution to go,” he acknowledged.
Throughout an interrogation, the motive force of the bus, Muritala Aliyu, stated they handed by outdated roads and bushes from Sokoto to Niger and Kwara States after which acquired into Ogbomoso, from the place they entered Ibadan.
He added that they had been going to Akure “to reconcile with their family members”.
Members of the medical group of the COVID-19 Job Power had been on the police station to manage COVID-19 assessments on the travellers to find out their standing.