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Borno govt quarantines 70 travellers for defying COVID-19 lockdown



The Borno State Government said on Sunday it had quarantined 70 travellers for defying the lockdown in the state.

The state’s deputy governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur disclosed this while monitoring compliance with the stay-at-home directive in Maiduguri, the state capital.

Kadafur, who is the Chairman of the State’s High Powered Response Team for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19, said the travellers were apprehended while attempting to sneak into the state capital on trucks conveying foodstuffs.

According to him, the travellers would spend at least 14 days in isolation at the Maiduguri Hajj camp and undergo a test for COVID-19 before they will be allowed into the state.

He said those arrested include 45 males and 25 females that came from Lagos, Delta, Kano, Plateau, and Kaduna States among others.

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Kadafur said the drivers of the trucks were also apprehended and isolated for violating the order.

The deputy governor told journalists security agencies had intensified patrol at all entry points to clamp down on desperate travellers coming into the state illegally.

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