Abians have been challenged to come up with pictorials or videos showing security agencies on the borders collecting the sum of N5000 while allowing motorists and other road users enter the state amid Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The charge was made by the Abia State Commissioner of Homeland Security, Prince Dan Okoli while fielding questions from the media in Umuahia, the Abia State Capital over the alleged collection of N5000 from motorists by security agencies in the state.
He said in this era, where social media usage and gadgets are high, it is possible for people to come up with pictures and videos of culpable security agents so that proper punishment can be meted out, adding that he who asserts must have proof while calling on people to avoid distractions of any sort as security agencies in the state are fully alert to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the State.
The Commissioner hinted that his Ministry, the Homeland Security, has synergized with all security agencies including the Nigerian Police Force, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Nigerian Civil Defence Corps, State Security, Abia Vigilante Services as well as youth in communities together with their vigilantes to ensure that the borders are under lock and key to check entry and exits of people as the state fights to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the State.
He pointed out that Abia is bordered by seven states, informing that the security agencies are in Abia boundaries in Obingwa, Ikwuano, Bende, Arochukwu, Ohafia, Umunneochi, Ukwa West and Ukwa East, noting that with what is done, it is unlikely for Abia to record a case of COVID-19.
On the level compliance to the stay at home order, the Honourable Commissioner, commended Abians, pointing out that the state has recorded 80% compliance rate while the adherence to sanitary and hygiene protocol has been satisfactory, stressing that these are germane to the prevention of the spread of the virus to the State.
On a general note, he urged Abians to continue to persevere as this will pass soon, reiterating that what is being done is in the interest of Abians just as he stated that it is also a time to cut down on unnecessary travels, re-arrange oneself especially where people had not been living right.