….Security At State Borders Allegedly Collects N10,000 Fee For Entrance
Except God intervenes, Imo State which at the last count has recorded only one patient of COVID-19 pandemic, more would be recorded in no distant time.
This follows the allegation that security agencies at the borders between Imo and other states like Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Rivers, and Ebonyi now take ten thousand naira bribe from vehicles entering the state from the above-named states.
Our reporter who has been monitoring the movement of people within the state, as well as the activities of the security personnel since the outbreak of the epidemic particularly those at the Borders, revealed that though the security Agencies are always at their various duty posts from morning till nights but have formed the ugly habit of collecting ten thousand naira from private cars while the commuters pay lesser to convey passengers to the state.
He further hinted that commuters still though skeletally load passengers to Onitsha close to Assumpta Round About as well as Rivers State early in the mornings and late in the evenings.
Speaking with Weekend Lead, a lecturer from Ikemba Ojukwu University Anambra State who would not want his name in print hinted that on Wednesday 29th April, the security men a the border between Anambra and Imo collected ten thousand naira from him to enter the state despite the exigency of his trip to Owerri.
It would be recalled that Governor Hope Uzodinma in the bid to stop the entrance of the Covid-19 to Imo, had in addition to the constitution of COVID-19 committee led by Prof. Maurice Iwu, unveiled six isolation centers in the state, gave out ambulances to each of the twenty-seven local governments in Imo.
The Governor also shut down major markets in the state, Civil service amongst others, all in the bid to ensure that the said epidemic did not enter Imo but these efforts by the government turned futile when it was reported last Saturday by NCDC that Imo now had a Covid-19 patient.