Despite the ban on interstate movements in Nigeria, five truckloads of almajiri, including other passengers from the northern part of the country were intercepted in Cross River state.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, President Buhari banned interstate movements from May 4 as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus in the country. However, there have been reports of movement of almajiri from the northern part of the country into the south.
Earlier today, the Cross River State Government ordered five truckloads of almajiri back to its destination. A border patrol team, comprising Peace Corp members, civilian Vigilantes, Border COVID-19 Task force, Youth groups amongst others, had intercepted the trucks on Wednesday night at the Garkem border town in Bekwara Local Government Area of the state near Benue State.
The State security adviser, Dr Alfred Mboto, said his officers at the scene have briefed him about the development.
“We got a report from our security and task force teams at the Garkem border town yesterday night that trucks carrying large number of children from the north alleged to be almajiri were intercepted after thorough check, and have been turned back.”