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COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: Taraba Communities, Takum Tightens Border withCameroon

Against the backdrop of the decision taken by Taraba state government to contain possibilities of community infections of Covid-19 pandemic, local government chairmen of Takum,Ussa,Kurmi and Sardauna have  imposed  total lockdown to tighten their border communities with Cameroon.

Local sources say that the security operatives are working with the local government chairmen to seal off entry points along the Cameroon border.

In compliance with the order, the Chairman of Takum local government council, Hon. Shiban Tikari swung to action to find ways to checkmating the influx of Cameroonians as well as ensuring residents of the border communities are properly sensitized on the scourge of Covid-19.

Takum local government officials on patrol

Shiban alongside security chiefs, PMO Takum specialist hospital and a team of medical personnel drawn from 93 Battalion Barracks embarked on lockdown assessment round the entry points of the town, not only to ensure enforcement but provide sensitization campaigns to residents.

Shiban said the most porous  entry points amongst the border communities with Cameroon includes  Jatou-Akongo, Alan, Manga, Shibong, Liji and Lutu Nigeria and Lutu Cameroon where there are reports of influx due to border porosity.

But achieved desired results, the residents  were sensitized while  security operatives were deployed  in strategic entry points to checkmate further infiltration.

Like in the border communities’ security operatives also mounted surveillance checkpoints in Ibi, Wukari, Mayo-lope, Zing, and Takum-Katsina/Ala entry points.

Our correspondent observed that  some precautionary measures to tighten Taraba boundaries with Benue state were taken as well as the provision of needed sensitization campaign, starting from River Ron through Kashimbila, Jatou-Aka, Dogongawa, Kasuwan Haske through Vongiri and Chanchanji respectively.

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