From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Benue State Government yesterday inaugurated a Task force on Interstate and International boundaries between the State and Cameron as part of measures to check massive influx of people and prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The State Chairman of COVID-19 Action Committee, Engr. Benson Abounu who while inaugurated the committee, warned members against taking bribe and allowing people come into the state without checking them.
He enjoined members of the two committees to adhere strictly to their mandate and not compromise in anyway, saying that any attempt to do so would amount to toying with the lives of the entire Benue population.
Engr. Abounu who is also the State deputy governor further charged the members not to arrest anyone found around borders but use infrared thermometer to check their temperature.
“You are not on a mission to arrest, but to ensure that citizens coming into the state are safe from the virus”
“Therefore i want to use this opportunity to commend citizens of our state especially churches and mosques for their level of compliance.
“However, a situation where some security agencies are using the Lockdown to extort traders of various markets and allowing them to go into the locked markets to bring out their goods for sale must stop
“The COVID-19 Committee is having the challenges of controlling the massive movement of people into the state hence the need to constitute a committee comprising of security agencies, Vigilante group, health workers among others to check this excesses both at the International and Interstate borders.
“Benue State is bordering six(6) states of the federation and Cameron at the International level, so members of this committee will be stationed at all the entry points with infrared thermometers to ensure that those coming into the state are safe from the virus”
While warning members of the committee that government will not tolerate any misconduct from any member, Abounu also maintained that all the blood sample of the 27 suspected cases from Benue taken to National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) came out negative.