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Hunger drove us from Minna to Ogun – Northern youths arrested by NSCDC confess

Femi Adeleke
Operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ogun state command have arrested four Northern Youths who sneaked into the state from Niger state despite inter-state travel ban by the Federal government.
The offenders are: Ayuba Musa, Luda Joshua, Amos Ibrahim, and Samuel John.
The state Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Hammed Abodurin while parading the youths in Abeokuta, the state capital on Tuesday, said they were arrested riding unregistered motorcycles in Abeokuta and violating the lockdown order of the state.
Abodurin said, “further interrogation showed that the youths who are from Niger State with their motorcycles. They claimed to have boarded a truck conveying foodstuff from Kotangora to Lagos, alighted at Ogere and continued the journey with their motorbikes to Abeokuta where they were arrested”.
The Commandant condemned drivers for using their trucks meant to convey food items to bring in people who do not have fixed addresses and means of livelihood to the state.
He added that they would be handed over to the state Mobile Court for prosecution.
Abodurin decried the non-challant attitude of the people for not obeying the sit-at-home order, but still move within the state, calling on his men to be vigilant and arrest violators as part of their efforts to curb the pandemic in the state.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor 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.
He warned that any person or group of people who enter the state, especially during this period of inter-state travel ban, would be sent back to their State.
Responding to questions from journalists, one of the youths, Ayuba Musa, said hunger drove them to the state, adding that they were in Ogun state in search of their “daily bread”.
He denied knowledge of the lockdown in the state and the ban on inter-state travel.
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