A truckload of travellers heading to Lagos state was intercepted by the Niger State Government on Wednesday.
According to the state Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, the travellers totalling 40 where coming from Kano State and heading to Lagos.
According to the statement, the intercepted persons have been convicted by the Mobile Court and charged to between three months and one-year imprisonment with an option of a fine.
” 19 other persons travelling from Lagos to Kano were also stopped by the Niger State COVID-19 Task Force,” it added.
Niger is one of the gateway states between the upper North and Southern Nigeria.
The Niger State Health Commissioner, Dr Muhammad Makusidi, who was quoted in the statement, expressed his displeasure at the situation.
“Despite the interstate lockdown, people are still moving under any small opportunity they got. I can’t imagine people travelling under the cover of trampoline and sack of rice.
“For us, we are not going to leave any stone unturned, they are going back to where they came from,” he said.