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COVID-19: Anambra lawmaker raises alarm over extortion at border checkpoint

The member representing Awka-North constituency in Anambra State Meeting, Hon. John Okoye has prompt the state governor, Willie Obiano to reserve the rapid dismantling of the border check-point at Umuji village, Ebenebe group in his constituency alleging that the check-point was once serving as a very easy path for violators of the order towards inter-state travels.

He advised newsmen in Awka, that the check-point has slightly grow to be a cash-cow for the ones hired to guy it, alleging that some commuters, particularly industrial car operators who go out or input the state from the neighbouring Ezeagu house of Enugu State in the course of the border check-point pay up to N10,000 to compromise the ones manning where.

Hon. Okoye expressed concern that the advance had put the well being of his constituents at critical possibility of contracting the COVID-19 illness, including that access into the state by way of outsiders in the course of the check-point could be answerable for the new building up in COVID-19 circumstances within the state.

“I had sought after to lift the topic at the ground of the state Space of Meeting to name at the state governor to dismantle that border check-point however have no longer been in a position to take action as a result of we now have no longer been sitting incessantly because the Coronavirus pandemic broke out.

“But even so, that check-point at Umuji isn’t meant to be there as a result of that position isn’t a border house. The one that established it did so merely to make use of it for extortion. I used to be advised that industrial automobiles, particularly the ones conveying passengers to the northern a part of the rustic pay up to N10,000 sooner than they’re allowed to go”, the lawmaker mentioned.

Recall that Governor Obiano had instantly after the outbreak of coronavirus illness dispatched his aides to frame communities within the state, urging them to liaise with youths to make sure that automobiles weren’t allowed in or out of the state.

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