COVID-19: Abounu calls for vigilance, repatriates 12 almajiris


Nigerian Concord Newspaper

Benue State Deputy Governor and chairman, Benue State Action Committee on COVID-19, Engr Benson Abounu, has called on Benue people to be vigilant and be wary of strangers in their midst, explaining that giving sanctuary to them or coming into contact with people having the virus, but who might be asymptomatic is the most potent way of fuelling community transmission of the dreaded Coronavirus.

Engr Abounu spoke yesterday at Agwan Jukun, Makurdi, while sending off to their state of origin, 12 almajiris earlier arrested and quarantined by the Committee.

The almajiris, who were found camped in one dingy room at a house, off Wukari Street, Wurukum, Makurdi were apprehended and had their samples taken by the Committee and sent to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Abuja for testing.

Though all of them and the landlady that accommodated them in her house are free of the virus, having tested negative for it, the Committee decided to send them back to their state of origin after considering that the young boys have no sustainable means of livelihood in the state. They also expressed willingness to return to their homes in Kano and Jigawa state.