By Akume Raphael, Makurdi
The Benue State Action Committee on COVID-19 today repatriated a batch of 58 persons, mostly destitute youths, suspected to have been trafficked into the state, back to their homes.
Deputy Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu doubled as the Chairman of the Benue COVID-19 Committee led a taskforce to repatriate the youths from the state in the early hours of today.
Abounu said the youths had been brought to the state in violation of the lockdown measures and had to be returned to the safety of their homes.
To redress the situation, the Deputy Governor revealed that the Committee had provided transportation, as well as security and the documentation to facilitate safe passage for the repatriated youths to their homes.
Facemasks were also handed to the destitute youths after they had been put through an orientation on safety tips necessary for them to avoid contacting and spreading the virus.
He stressed that the lockdown in the state remains in force and that everyone found violating it will face appropriate sanctions.
Engr. Abounu maintained that all messures necessary to keep Benue free of the Coronavirus will be implemented with due diligence, adding that all destitute persons from other states found in the state will be returned to their homes.
The Deputy Governor called on the people to close ranks and support the administration of His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom whom he said has given tremendous support to the Committee to enable it win the war against COVID-19.
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