Govs still discussing inter-state lockdown enforcement – Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has hinted that the 36 state governors were still discussing how to effectively enforce inter-state lockdown on COVID-19.

The governor dropped this hint, Saturday when he visited Gbagi police station where the 11 travellers from Sokoto were kept after they were apprehended on Friday night by officers of the Nigeria Police at the Asejire border post between Oyo and Osun states.

According to Governor Makinde, as at present, governors in the country were still discussing on how to enforce the inter-state lockdown throughout the country so as to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus in and across Nigeria.

“It is a discussion going on with the rest governors in Nigeria, because inter-state lockdown was put in place for a particular reason and what we have agreed to do is; in each individual state where you have inter-state motor parks, they must be on lockdown,” he said

Continuing, the governor said; “If they are locked down, at least 80 to 85 per cent of our problems would have been solved. It is an ongoing discussion and I believe that will be the ultimate way to go.”

Commenting on the apprehended Sokoto travellers, Makinde said they must undergo test before being released by the state government, saying, “we are not able to explain how they got here in the first place because there is inter-state lockdown throughout the country. They claimed they came from Sokoto and they must have passed through so many states.”

Governor Makinde emphasised that he has given directives to the effect that the travellers would be kept isolated in Ibadan until the results of their tests are received and that he was in touch with the Sokoto state governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, and that the travellers would be sent back to Sokoto.

“I am also in discussion with the governor of Sokoto state. We are more than likely going to return them to Sokoto,” he said.

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