Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has demanded an explanation from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government over the influx of persons especially Almajiris from the North into states in the Niger Delta region despite the ban on interstate movement.
PANDEF made the demand in a statement by its National Chairman, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga on Sunday.
PANDEF said it is becoming worrisome that vehicles laden with young men from the northern part of the country were being intercepted in various states in the region.
The group noted that there is also a nation-wide curfew from 8.00 pm to 6,00am which is supposedly still in force.
PANDEF, therefore, wondered how with all the rules on ground, the Almajiris are still transiting across the country, in vehicles to the Niger Delta states, without being detected and stopped by security agents.
“This definitely raises doubts about the detachment of security personnel in this disturbing situation,” the statement said.
“Why the mass relocation? What are they going to do in the Niger Delta amidst the coronavirus pandemic? What is their purpose? What is the agenda? We need answers to these questions from the federal government and its security agencies.”
PANDEF said it is further disturbed that the persons from the North are assumed to be Almajiris coming from some states that are fast becoming epicenters of the pandemic in the country.
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Source: News update