COVID-19: Apprehension as Almajiri Boys flood Ondo from Kano

By: Ade Adetona

Palpable fear and apprehension have gripped residents of Akure and some communities in Akoko area of Ondo state over the influx of young people (popularly known as Almajiri boys) from the northern part of the country amidst ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

Some of the residents told SUNSHINETRUTH that they are concerned for seeing scores of the Almajiris at shasha market and Dangote deport on Ilesa garage in Akure while similar situation is being observed at Ikare, Ugbe and Arigidi Akoko.

SUNSHINETRUTH learnt that the boys who were alleged to be carry COVID-19 pandemic, were brought to ondo state from Kano state by trucks carrying food items and other essential goods.

As a result of this ugly development, some residents took to their social media platforms to expressed their apprehension over the situation and called for actions from the ondo state government and security agencies.

The following posts are flooding social media space;

“Scores of Almajiri sighted at Dangote Depot , Ilesa Road in Akure.”

“Ganduje is overwhelmed, so he wants other states to have a taste.”

“Shebi they approved N15b for him? He should spend it by first encouraging the health workers na.”

“This should be reported to appropriate authority immediately pls

“There have been reports of Kano state government distributing Almajiris all over d country and the children are said to be covid 19 carriers.”

“I just don’t understand (Kano governor) Ganduje.”

“Is not his fault but that of compromised security agents at our borders.”

“Pls let alert government so that they can do the needful.”

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had yesterday called on residents of the state to report strange faces in their neighbourhood to appropriate authorities for actions.

Akeredolu said, “In order to control the influx of people whose COVID-19 status cannot be guaranteed, the state government has therefore directed the total blockade of some boundary routes that connect Ondo State.

“It is hoped that with this development, our security agencies, now having fewer areas to manage, will carry out their duties of preventing influx of people to the state, more effectively.

“While we note that some state in the Northern Nigeria are already deploying Almajiris to other parts of the country, we call on our people to be vigilant and report any unusual large population of young people imported to our State.

“Globally, community transmission is the biggest threat of the pandemic that is being seriously addressed by Governments and the people.”

The governor noted that “and this is why social and physical distancing has become the biggest weapon of succeeding nations.”

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