The presidency has warned security operatives against disturbing and delaying trucks conveying foods from one state to another as they enforce President Muhammadu Buhari’s lockdown directive.
Mr Buhari last night while delivering his nationwide speech said while the government will ease the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja but inter-state movement is banned for non-essential product.
Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, however, made clarification and warning to security operatives in a statement on Tuesday evening. He said security operatives should desist from delaying food trucks at checkpoints around the country.
Mr Shehu said curfew at different states should not prevent foods from crossing state borders as they are also essential commodities.
POLITICS NIGERIA gathered that many foodstuffs have been left to rot at checkpoints due to refusal of security operatives to allow them to reach their destinations while millions of Nigeria remain hungry amidst Coronavirus lockdown.
Mr Shehu said other items that should be allowed to different states include: pharmaceutical and sanitary supplies, personal care items, agrochemicals and agricultural machinery, electrical products and electronics, oil and gas, courier services, health supplies and protective garments.
He, however, disclosed that the vehicles must not convey any commercial passengers.
“The drivers must have basic protective and sanitary items, including face masks, hand sanitisers, and tissue paper to and from their destinations. Once these conditions are satisfied, they must be allowed to travel freely to and from any part of Nigeria.” he stated.