The fight against coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria seems not to be ending in due time as some of the citizens the people turn deaf ears. Fifty passengers from Zamfara were intercepted on Sunday by officers of Kwara state police command as they try to smuggle their way into Kwara state.
The incident happened at Kulende Junction not far from Zango in Ilorin. According to an eyewitness, a lorry loaded with fruits developed a mechanical fault in the community and while the driver and the motor boys were trying to fix the vehicle, it was noticed that some persons were hidden under the perfectly arranged fruits in the lorry.
“It was when the trailer stopped that we closely see that human beings were hidden inside the trailer under the planks and they are about fifty passengers”, the resident who craved anonymity said.
When newsmen contacted Kwara state public relations Officer DSP Kayode Okasanmi on the development. He further confirms the incident backing the findings of the people of Ilorin.
He made know that the policemen had gotten intelligence information about the lorry and the police were already prepared to return them back to wherever they are coming from. Although the police never have the exact figure of the people coming into the state and fifty passengers have been found.
Okasanmi made known that those persons were coming from Zamfara and they planned to settle in Ogbomoso.
On the command’s decision and action to be melted down on the lockdown violators, he said the state is not going to take any chances with the culprit. Noting that allowing the fifty passengers entry may put the state in a mess.
He said, ”today, acting on actionable intelligence, policemen from Kwara state police Command intercepted a trailer loaded with supposed fruits but hidden beneath the fruits were women, men and young children around fifty passengers, being trafficked from Shinkafi in Zamfara state”, he said.
“We have ordered the trailer to return to the boundary of Kwara and Niger state, for onward journey to where those fifty passengers came from”, he concluded.