The Taskforce on free movement of agricultural produce and inputs in Sokoto State has warned truck drivers conveying food items against ferrying passengers into the state.
The Chairman of the committee and Sokoto State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Sani Kaoje, gave the warning when he led members of the committee to monitor movement of food items at Bimasa area where the state shares boundary with Zamfara State.
Mr Ka’oje reiterated that only essential commodities, especially food items and agricultural inputs were exempted from the restriction imposed on free movement across the country.
The exception he said was to ensure availability of food items in all the nooks and crannies of the country, particularly in this pandemic period.
“this freedom was not extended to passengers, thus, any trucks caught conveying passengers will be impounded and the driver arrested and prosecuted accordingly” he said.
The committee, he explained was formed based on the directive of the Inspector General of Police Muhammad Adamu as part of measure to reduce the spread of coronavirus across the country.
“Our work is to ensure free movement of food items and agricultural inputs. This is to ensure nobody die of hunger as a result of the measures taken to curtail the spread of Coviid-19 in the country”.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Health and Chairman COVID-19 Taskforce Committee, Dr Ali Inname, said the state government has donated 20 motorcycles to security agencies to be able to block all the illegal routes used by travellers.
Dr Inname commended the efforts of security agencies towards ensuring proper restrictions of people movement into the State. He urged them to do more for the overall health benefits of the State.
Source: Voice of Nigeria