Dan Okoli, commissioner for Homeland Security, Abia State, says his ministry on Thursday, intercepted two trucks belonging to Dangote Group, conveying 26 persons into the state illegally.
Okoli explained that they intercepted the trucks at Ariam community, in Ikwuano Local Government Area of the state, a boundary town between Akwa-Ibom and Abia States.
This is coming two days after officials of the ministry also intercepted a group of Almajiris loaded in a cattle truck headed to Abia, at Enugu-Abia border, along the Enugu- Portharcourt expressway.
The Commissioner in a telephone interview explained that it took a painstaking surveillance, by his men to ensure that the 26 persons hidden inside the two Dangote Trucks were intercepted.
He noted that they were deliberately made to lie down inside the truck to prevent security agencies from sighting them.
Okoli stated that after the trucks successfully maneuvered their ways through other security checkpoints that his men at Ariam flagged down the trucks for proper check and discovered the 26 persons hiding inside.
“This morning we caught two Dangote’s trucks carrying a total of about 26 persons at Ariam. They’ve already crossed the army, but my men there spotted them when we climbed their vehicles and found out that some people were lying down inside the trucks.
“Some of these information about people entering through our borders aren’t true. Any person coming through Akwa-Ibom must meet people at the border.
“I quite agree that some people can come in through local roads. Some can join some vehicles and come in, but not that it is free for people to just move in and out.
“The borders are not as free as people make it to appear. I don’t want people to panic in Abia. We want to verify everything and not dealing on rumour.
“We cannot stop anyone in Abia from doing his business. Those in Gariki Lokpanta can move to Aba to do business. So long as the person is within Abia.
“We’re careful in profiling everyone coming into Abia. Nobody is exempted from all the directives put in place for this covid-19 lockdown”, he stated.