Niger state has intercepted at least 40 travelers en route Lagos State from Kano, says Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abubakar Bello, Mary Noel-Berje, in a statement on Wednesday.
According to the statement, 19 other persons travelling from Lagos to Kano were also stopped by the Niger State COVID-19 Task Force.
Niger, located in the North Central region of Nigeria, is one of the gateway states between the upper North and Southern Nigeria.
“Despite the interstate lockdown, people are still moving under any small opportunity they got. I can’t imagine people travelling under the cover of trampoline and sack of rice”, Niger State Health Commissioner, Muhammad Makusidi, was quoted in the statement
“For us, we are not going to leave any stone unturned, they are going back to where they came from”, Makusidi added.
The government said the intercepted persons have since been convicted by the Mobile Court and charged to between three months and one-year imprisonment with an option of a fine.