Four youths from Niger State who hid inside trailer carrying foods with their bikes arrested in Ogun

Operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested four Northern youths who boarded a trailer carrying foodstuffs from Minna, Niger State along with their motorcycles to Ogun State despite inter-state travel ban by the Federal Government.

Parading the youths in Abeokuta, the state Commandant of the Corps, Mr. Hammed Abodurin, said they were intercepted at Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, at about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday for violating the lockdown rules and for being in the public without using face masks and riding unregistered motorcycles.

Abodurin said: “Further interrogation showed that the youths who are from Niger State with their motorcycles claimed to have boarded a truck conveying foodstuffs from Kotangora to Lagos, alighted at Ogere and continued the journey with their motorbikes to Abeokuta where they were arrested.”

He added that they would be handed over to the state Mobile Court for violating the lockdown and ban on inter-state travel for appropriate sanctions.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Goverrnor on Security, Sola Subair, reiterated the commitment of the government to protecting the people at all times as well flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the youths, Ayuba Musa, said they were not aware of the lockdown in the state and the ban on inter-state travel, saying they came from Niger State as a result of hunger to Abeokuta to make a living.

” We boarded a tanker from Minna and the driver dropped us at Ogere and from there, we rode our bikes to Abeokuta. We’re here to do commercial motorcycle business, I know Abeokuta before , we’re going to Lafenwa to meet a friend, he knows we are coming.

“I don’t know that there is a restriction order. We left our state because we don’t have food nor money at home anymore. We came here thinking that we will ride bikes and get money to eat,” he added.

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