By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Nigerian Army and the Borno State Committee on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, clashed on Saturday, June 13, 2020, on the Maiduguri-Damaturu Expressway over interstate travel.
The conflict between the army personnel and the committee was caused by issues bordering on the execution of guidelines on interstate travel, with the army insisting on freeing the expressway for security reasons, while the COVID-19 committee, which was enforcing the ban on interstate travel, wanted the travelers to be properly screened and quarantined before gaining access into the state. The Garrison Commander of 7th Division’s intervention averted a further escalation of the conflict.
Speaking on the matter, Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Kadafur, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Borno State Committee on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, slammed the obstruction of the committee’s duties by the military.
According to statistics by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Borno is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria’s North-East region with a total of 423 cases and 26 deaths.