Influx of Almajiris: Ondo Residents lament porous borders, task Akeredolu on proactive steps

Some residents of Ondo state have urged the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu to pay unscheduled visits to the state borders with a view to ascertaining their level of porosity.

They said the porous nature of the state borders is responsible for the influx of Almijaris to the state .

Recalled that about twenty female Almajiris were intercepted recently at Ilesha garage in Akure, following a tip-off by some vigilant residents of the state.

They were said to have outsmarted all security checks to gain entry into the state.

This led to the timely intervention of the State COVID-19 taskforce who moved them out of the state.

Also on Saturday, thirteen boys (Almajiris) who came from the north were intercepted by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) at FUTA junction.

In an interview with Thenewstrack, a social commentator, Gbenga Adene said the influx of Almajiris into the state should be urgently checked by the state government to avert what may lead to community transmission of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, “It is sad that our borders are extremely porous. Our security men are not doing enough to tackle this.

“Our security men need to brace up and tackle this dangerous trend before it gets out of control.

” The Governor also needs to take proactive steps towards addressing this matter. He must pay unscheduled visits to the borders just like Governor Nyesom Wike is doing in Rivers State.

‘Governor Akeredolu should not hesitate to visits all border towns to ensure that security men manning the borders don’t compromise”

Also speaking, a Rights Activist, Sunday Toriola urged Governor Akeredolu to call security personnel manning all the borders to order.

His words, “The security operatives in charge of the borders have failed us. Their activities at the borders should be probed”, he said.