Trucks loaded with Almajiri intercepted in Calabar

5 truck conveying almajiri from North was on Thursday May 7, ordered back to return to were there came from by the Cross River state government.

On Wednesday night at the Garkem border town in Bekwara Local Government Area of the state near Benue State the truck was intercepted and returned by a border patrol team comprising of Peace Corp members, civilian Vigilantes, Border COVID-19 Task force and Youth groups.

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The state commissioner for youths, Signor Omang Idiege confirmed the incident and he said most of the passengers were almajiris who did not meet COVID-19 protocols.

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Idiege said;

After a thorough check on the five trucks and discovered that most of the passengers, aside goods, were almajiri, who did not meet COVID-19 protocols, we had to force them to return.”

Responding to the incident the State security adviser said “We got a report from our security and task force teams at the Garkem border town yesterday night that trucks carrying large number of children from the north alleged to be almajiri were intercepted after thorough check, and have been turned back.”

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