By Monsuru Olowoopejo
After weeks of investigation to unravel reasons indigenes and visitors that could have contracted coronavirus from other states and foreign countries gain access into Osun state, the governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has disclosed that the people pass through the border posts under the guise of transporting food items.
Oyetola added that the indigenes and visitors who clearly breach the state coronavirus directives at border posts gain access into Osun with the aid of transport operators conveying food in and out of the state.
The governor, in a statement on his official social media handle yesterday, argued that the actions were clearly a breach on the lockdown imposed on the state to curtail coronavirus spread and gain control over the virus.
The Governor warned residents to desist from inviting their friends and relatives to return home, stressing that the action could further aid community transmission of coronavirus in the state.
He, however, tasked security operatives deployed to Osun border posts to intensify their surveillance and apprehend those hiding under the guise of transporting food to gain access into the state.
“It is imperative that governance does not suffer amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. I was therefore, pleased to chair the State Executive Council’s virtual meeting today, where we reviewed the effectiveness of the measures put in place to combat the virus.
“Again, I appeal to all residents to continue to stay at home and stop encouraging their families and friends outside of the State to return home at this moment, as disobedience to the lockdown directive will further compromise the health of other citizens and put our State at more risk.
“Furthermore, I urge security officials stationed at our boundaries to always check vehicles coming into our State under the guise of transporting food items, as some of these vehicles are used to convey people into the State, in clear breach of our lockdown order”.
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