Travel ban violation: Police uncover 8 illegal routes into kwara-CP

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(Ilorin)

The Commissioner of police(CP) in kwara state, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, on Wednesday, said the policecommand had uncovered and closed eight illegal routes created by transporters smuggling passengers into the state against COVID-19  restriction of interest state travels .

He disclose this during a meeting with members of the Federal Government joint Technical task team on Covid 19 in Ilorin

To this end , the CP proposed tougher sanctions to the state government to check violation of the interstate travel ban.

The new sanctions, he said should include prosecution
and conviction of transporters vioalting the interstate travel ban, impounding their vehicles while passengers smuggled into the state should be escorted back to their respective states.

Duaglobalnews reports that the CP is the chairman, Federal government Joint Technical  Task Team  (JTTT) on COVID-19 the in the state.

The police boss in the state expressed optimism that the sanctions would ease the challenges of movement of food and agricultural imputes in kwara state.

He said despite measures put in place by security agencies to check inter states travel restriction,truck drivers kept developing pranks to beat security agencies.

He said :”I still receive reports of violation of border closure resteiction by truck drivers. We have closed eight illegal routes created by truck drivers but despite that, our effort is not serving as deterrent.

“They keep on smuggling  passengers in different trucks .
” In fact, I am going to suggest to the state government that henceforth, any vehicle caught should be impounded, the vehicle should be forfeited to the state government and the driver convicted and sentenced.

“The passengers should be conveyed in other vehicles back to their respective states.”

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