by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The mounting of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras by Plateau State Government at its borders, to check illegal entry during the lockdown, has started yielding positive results – as some travelers attempting to sneak into Plateau from other States during an ongoing statewide quarantine have been arrested.
The state government on Monday started CCTV surveillance, and has arrested scores of lockdown violators, out of which about 48 travelers said to be from Lagos were confined to be isolated at the isolation center.
The 48 travelers from Lagos, which is one of high risk coronavirus States, where heading to Jos through Lafia-Shendam Road in attempting to sneak into Plateau.
The Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Hon. Dan Majang, revealed that, several travelers and commuters being aware of the new surveillance system attempted sneaking through isolated roads and “bush paths,” but were arrested.
According to him, many of them were tried and sentenced, while some were commuted to community service with fines, and some to COVID-19 isolation centers.
He said “The routes are one of many entry points that are hard to control. In Kanam alone, we have about 13 illegal entry roads.
“There are many others in virtually all border local governments, but the most common ones are the Riyom, Babale and Saminaka routes in the north, all of which have been hard to control, especially at nights.”
Hon. Majang said the government is considering mounting barricades and creating more checkpoints at its borders to prevent people sneaking in and posing health threats to the citizens.
Communities have been asked to also report returnees or travelers from other States, for necessary examinations.