Retired Commissioner of Police and chairman of Anambra State Vigilante Committee, Mr Ikechukwu Ayodele Aduba, whose men are complementing other security agencies to enforce border closure in Anambra state has expressed the difficulties in recording success in the assignment.
After lifting lockdown the state government charged vigilante groups in all communities bordering other states to support nominated youths and law enforcement agencies to enforce the border closures while traditional rulers and Presidents-General of affected communities ensure follow up action.
But Aduba in an interview with newsmen in Tuesday said that it was virtually impossible to enforce total border closures because of several exemptions to the border closure rule.
He said that even some of the security agents that enforce the border closure live in neighbouring states and have to shuttle between their duty posts and where they live.
Apart from security agents, movement of food items and people on essential duties is another issue that made border closure difficult.
He said: “Talk of farmers and movement of food items, medical personnel and others on essential duties and so there is nothing like total closure of borders, otherwise, you will be working against Federal Government directives”.
Aduba also drew attention particularly to Onitsha which is a gateway to the state to which thousands of traders cross the bridge from Asaba, Delta State.
He said: “Go to the head Bridge now and see what is happening there. There is no land here so 1most traders bought land and live in Asaba.
“Every morning they have to cross the bridge to Onitsha for their business”.
He scored his men highly in the performance of their duties and reminded that Vigilante groups don’t work independently but work hand in hand with the police.
Aduba warned on the danger of further Lockdowns in the country citing its consequences in other countries where it led to riots.
He advised that the best way to tackle Coronavirus is to obey prescribed rules: social and physical distancing, frequent washing of hands, wearing of face masks and so on.