Osun govt to deport northerners for lockdown breach

The Osun state government has disclosed that it had concluded plans to deport some Northerners who sneaked into the state from Zamfara state.

Governor Gboyega Oyetola, who disclosed this, said it was a precautionary measure to contain community transmission of the coronavirus.

The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, revealed this in a statement Friday.

The government stated that it was following presidential directive that banned all interstate travels and movements, stressing that the state’s boundaries “are currently shut.”

According to the statement, the state government “believes in the unity of the nation but will not hesitate to take actions against those who breach its boundaries and try to jeopardise the health of its people.”

“Every state in the country is upscaling its security measures in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic and other vices. Zamfara state government, a few days back, arrested some suspected illegal miners in the state,” the statement read in part.

In a related development, some Northerners were intercepted at Ilesa/Akure expressway and were sent back to their state.

The chairmen of Atakumosa East, Ilesha North-east, Atakumosa west central, and Atakumosa East Central local government were all there.

The chairman, Ilesa North, Mr. Oladipo Adeniyi, who disclosed this, stated that the Northerners came in two buses, and “we did not allow them to enter Ilesha at all.”

“We swung to action with the help of the security agents and other officials. We stopped them around the express road around 3:00pm on Thursday. We will not allow any passenger to enter into the state at all for now. The security personnel manning our boundaries are doing very fine now,” he said.

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