COVID-19 in Osun State – Government promised to punish any security officer that compromised the existing COVID-19 guidelines in the state.
The state government through Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor, Prince Adeyanju Abdullah Binuyo, confirmed the reports of influx of Zamfara Indigenes into Osun state vowed to make a scape goat of any security personnel who compromised the efforts at the state border in curbing Corona Virus.
While speaking with the reporter at Osogbo on Wednesday, he affirmed that passengers of the vehicles caught in violation of the government directives on COVID-19 in Osun State shall be prosecuted while all vehicles caught in violation of the same shall be impounded.
He said: “For officers, who compromise the state security at our borders, the state government and the Commissioner of Police have agreed that such officers will be punished and make a scapegoat.
“All mining sites in the state have also been closed down. Now that Amotekun has been set up, the officers would be deployed to comb the sites and flush out illegal miners. This is to ensure that our mines do not become dangerous attractions to these people sneaking into our state. All these are what we are enforcing to ensure that the illegal elements do not infiltrate the state further.”
He, however advised all the state residents not to panic reassuring them that the state government is already handling the situation.
On COVID-19 in Osun State, he expressed his worry over the reports that some northern youths are escaping into the states hiding inside the trucks conveying food items and essential goods
As part of the effort to guarantee that the government successfully fight COVID-19 in Osun State, the government had mandated the Amotekun Corps to diligently guard all the entry points to the state and ensure that all vehicles bringing food items and essential goods into the state are checked in detail and supervised till they off load their goods.
He said the trucks will also be monitored and escorted out of the state.
He said: “Government is aware of a huge influx of non-Osun residents into the state, especially from Zamfara. They come mostly 0through the Ondo axis, accompanying trucks that are carrying foodstuffs purportedly to be sold in the South West.
“The intelligence that we have gathered in the last few days is such that they usually have two or a maximum of three people attached to a truck to assist in discharging the goods. But now we have sometimes ten of them hidden among the goods.
“Sometimes the trucks would stop and drop some of them off along Ife express road where they are received by their fellow northerners already resident in the state.
“The government has been receiving a lot of such reports most especially now that Amotekun has been properly set up. This portends a great danger especially at a time like this when Osun state is doing everything to avoid community transmission of COVID-19. This is not the time to be reckless and allow safety or security breaches at our borders.
“The newly inaugurated Amotekun with the support of the police and army have been mandated to identify and man all the entry points, carry out proper checks on the trucks coming in the name of carrying food or relief materials and make sure that anyone found hiding in these trucks arre immediately returned to their states.”