An activist in Imo State origin, Emeka Diwe has raised alarm over the alleged smuggling of Almajiris into the Southeast and South-South parts of the country, describing such as unacceptable.
Diwe who is the National President-General of Association of Southeast Town Union (ASETU) spoke to the DAILY POST on Monday.
He said the Almajiris are conveyed into the Southeast in several trucks disguised as loads of goods, doubting if the ban on interstate travels and lockdowns are still effective.
“Our people should rise up to this. We already have enough of them loitering and constituting economic nuisance here.”
“We have a situation in the country and everyone is advised to remain where they are to avoid being infected with the coronavirus. How are we sure if these imported Hausas and Fulanis, even from the Niger Republic are not COVID-19 positive.”
“This should not be allowed because it can only lead to a breakdown of law and order.”
“The security agents manning various borders have shown a lack of capacity to protect the zones from the health and security crisis. We cannot fold our arms and watch the ugly trend flourish. Our land is not a dumping ground for Almajiris.”
He, therefore, called on Igbo leaders, community leaders and the Civilian Joint Taskforce to rise to the occasion and prevent violation of the lockdown.
In the same vein, he charged the Inspector General of Police and AIGs in charge of the northern zones to sit up and stop the illegal smuggling as that, according to him, can only lead to a negative consequence.
Diwe warned those living in the bushes in any part of the zone to leave immediately as they constitute a security risk. He insisted that anyone who wished to reside in Igboland must rent or buy an apartment rather than live in the bush, destroying farmlands.