The Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State, TIMAAS operatives on Wednesday, intercepted 40 suspected northern youths ,who were stowed away in a Dangote truck at the Umudike Junction of Aba Road, Umuahia, flouting the interstate travel ban directive.
TIMAAS operatives in the area had received information that a Dangote truck carrying the youths was approaching the area from the Akwa Ibom State axis of the border and mounted surveillance.
On sighting the truck, the officers flagged it down and inquired the vehicle content from the driver who responded that the truck was empty but upon searching ,officials discovered over 40 northern youths lying on the floor of the enclosed cargo space of the truck, thereby invited policemen to arrest them.
The truck and its human cargo were taken to the office of the State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Janet Agbede, who interrogated the driver and the stowaways , thereafter, she instructed policemen to escort them back to Akwa Ibom end of the border from where they entered the State.
The Commissioner for Homeland Security, Prince Dan Okoli, sent signals that trucks carrying human cargoes to and through the state will be decisively dealt with in line with the directive from the federal government ban on interstate movement with exception of those on essential duties.
He then urged all neighbouring states to strengthen surveillance and enforcement inter-state movements restrictions at their various borders to help control inter state spread of COVID-19 .
Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi