COVID-19: Anambra Govt arrests indigene for violating border closure rule

Posted by News Express | 1 May 2020 | 656 times

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•Anambra Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Madubuko

By PAMELA EBOH, Awka

An Anambra indigene who travelled home from Lagos was on Thursday arrested by the State Government for flouting the border closure rule.

Lagos-based Mr. Vincent Chukwuma was intercepted by the State Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Christian Madubuko, at Amansea border, between Enugu and Anambra State while trying to sneak into state on foot.

He was said to have returned from Lagos State, one of the epic centers of the pandemic.

The state had once classified Lagos as a high-risk state for the Coronavirus pandemic, urging residents to report their neighbours coming in from there.

The commissioner, who was at the boundary to enforce its closure, was speaking to the state’s task force on the need to ensure that the border remained closed when the man was sighted walking past and was accosted by the commissioner.

Speaking with journalists afterwards Madubuko said: “This man here came in from Lagos, defying all the inter-state boundaries, but we just caught him.

“We have notified the state Commissioner for Health about this man. We will only release him if the Commissioner for Health examines him and certifies him free, else, we may have to quarantine him for 14 days.”

On his part, Chukwuma said he is a truck driver, and set out from Lagos Wednesday night.

According to him, he had parked the company’s truck in Enugu and was coming into the state to drop some money for his mother.

He added: “I am a truck driver. I am from Anambra State. I am just coming to the state to drop some money for my mother, after parking my truck in our company in Enugu.

“I am not sick. Besides, I was checked (with infrared) in most of the borders while I was coming from Lagos. I was also made to wash and sanitise my hands at all the borders, while I was coming from Lagos.”


Source: News Express

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