From Augustine Okezie, Katsina


Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has decried the near absence of strict border checks by states bordering Katsina which according to him has continued to encourage the infiltration of the State by returnee indigenes from COVID-19 ravaged states like Lagos and Abuja, who were not thoroughly screened before entering the state

Masari who made the declaration while updating newsmen Monday on the status of the disease fight in the state, was visibly alarmed by the fact that most recently, all the 12 positive cases of the pandemic that were recorded so far in the state, were mainly returnees from Lagos, arguing that the scenario would have changed if they were thorough screened at border posts with Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa and Zamfara states and Niger republic

He called for strict enforcement of requisite health regulations and screenings at state boundaries to checkmate state to state transmission.

While announcing the total lockdown of the state capital which commences Tuesday, April 21 at 7am, the Governor further disclosed that government would soon announce places for the purchase of raw food items and medicine at the stores which are to operate during the lockdown.

Also during questions and answers session with journalists, Governor Masari assured that Government would look into allowing water vendors to operate in some areas with the guidance from health experts.

He equally assured that Journalists will not be maliciously attacked as done in other parts of Nigeria to enable them continue with their reportage.

Responding to another question, the Governor explained that the other 31 local governments needed to prevent intra local movements to guard against the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

He expressed the hope that people would intensify prayers in their homes for the pandemic to end.