COVID-19: Foundation urges state govts to beef up security at borders

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Cleen Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has urged State governments across the country to beef up security at states’ entry points in order to stop interstate movement and curb community transmission of COVID-19.

Mr Benson Olugbuo, Executive Director of the group said this on Friday in a statement.

He called on state governments to adhere to federal government’s travel ban on nonessential workers.

According to Olugbuo, the lack of compliance by citizens to the government’s travel ban on nonessential workers and the increasing interstate movements has led to the rise in community infections.

“The recent increase in confirmed number of the coronavirus cases is reportedly as a result of lack of compliance by both citizens and enforcement agents to both government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) directives.

“It is observed that there is complicity on the part of the security personnel manning border posts and tollgates into various states.

“There were reported incidences of extortion by security personnel to enable non-essential transporters and commuters enter into various states.

“The situation is not different in the north, south, east or west where there is regular entry and exits into various states, due to the compromising nature of security personnel,” he said.

Olugbuo called for sanctioning of security personnel deployed to enforce restriction of movement and found guilty of extortion of money from citizens to aid traveling.

He said the interstate movement, especially by business men and traders, was quite worrisome and required immediate intervention.

He called for the harmonisation of both states and federal government’s guidelines or information on the timelines and procedure for easing of the lockdown.

“Where one state is on a total lockdown and its bordering states are not locked down, it gives room for manipulation, which may hinder full enforcement of the law,” he said.