By ANDREW AJIJAH
Joint security operatives keeping watch over restrictions of movement of persons into Plateau State following the ongoing lockdown to curb the spread of covid-19 have intercepted two trucks of vehicles conveying 45 persons.
Truck driver of one of the vehicle which conveyed 20 persons, said he kept bribing his way from security agencies at checkpoints, until luck ran out of him in Jos.
“Am the driver, my name is Nasir Ibrahim, my destination is Gombe, I came in from Rivers state, at some security checkpoint I paid 500 Naira, some insisted that unless I pay 1000 Naira, that is how I have been managing since yesterday (Wednesday) to this place (Jos).”
The truck driver (Nasir) added that “I assisted the passengers, each of the 20 passengers paid 1000 Naira each, that is the money I used in bribing security operatives.”
“The load in my truck is salt, which the security people have satisfied content of the load am carrying, am wrong to have aggreed to convey the passengers. lam only begging them (security) to release me (driver) to deliver the goods.”
It is believed that people who are from index case states in Nigeria might be carrier of the coronavirus, even without their knowledge.
Some of the passengers interviewed said they were struggling to get to their ancestral home to observe the one mouth 2020 Ramadan.
The interception of the two trucks might have proven right the allegations that some security operatives are frustrating government efforts and aiding persons and illegal goods from coronavirus index states into Plateau state, which has now recorded one positive case of coronavirus disease in Plateau state.
It will be recalled that some persons who were intercepted in a similar manner have been quarantine in the state for 14 days, to be discharged if not tested negative to covid-19.
Plateau state have been under total lockdown for the past 14 days today, Thursday 23rd April 2020, citizens of the state have been restricted from moving from one point to another, all businesses shutdown.