A joint taskforce comprising soldiers, police, civil defence and vigilantes on Sunday morning impounded a delivery van belonging to PUNCH Newspapers at Ikere-Ekiti near the Ekiti State capital, Ado-Ekiti, for allegedly conveying passengers across the state in defiance of an existing lockdown order.
Sources told Metrostarng that the vehicle with registration number LAGOS411XJ was heading from Lagos to the state capital with the day’s copies and the passengers when it was intercepted by the security agents.
Governor Kayode Fayemi had on Saturday ordered the closure of the state’s borders with neighbouring states after the discovery of a 29-year-old pregnant woman with Coronavirus.
The woman, the third Coronavirus case in the state, was said to have sneaked into the state from Lagos despite the existing lockdown and restriction on movement.
The discovery of the case infuriated the governor and he in turn ordered a total lockdown of the state’s borders.
When contacted, spokesman for the state police command, DSP Adetu Sunday, confirmed the development.
He said the driver and the passengers as well as the delivery van had been taken into custody while investigation had commenced.
He said the outcome of the investigation would determine the next line of action.