‘It raises serious concerns’ -- Christian group expresses worry over incursion of Almajiris from North into South/

Nigeria Christian Graduate fellowship (NCGF) has raised the alarm over the continued movement of almajiris from the Northern parts of the country into the south, warning such portends danger to the region if left unchecked.

NVS had earlier reported how the Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) banned the Almajiri system and consequently returned children under the system to their respective states of origin to contain spread of the coronavirus pandemic.  

But in a letter directed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, and governors of the South tagged: ‘Re-movement of human cargo from the North to South,’ the NCGF said most of the street kids had been moving into the southern part of the country.

The group accused security operatives of complicity and violation of restrictions on inter-state movements, citing the military and police checkpoints between Oturkpa Junction in Benue State and Iriebe in Rivers State, as instance.

In the letter, signed by its National President, Charles Adisa and General Secretary, Philip Nwaegeruo, the group enjoined governors of states in the south to take necessary steps to stem the tide of such practice.

According to NCGF, “some individuals are disguising as goods in trucks and trooping from the north to the south, despite the lock-down by the federal and state governments.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects hiding as cargoes were able-bodied persons, generally categorised as Almajirai being off-loaded surreptitiously in South East, South South and South West geo-political zones. Similar sinister migrations have also been reported in the Middle-Belt, including Nasarawa State.  The real mission behind this illegality in the wake of increasing spread of the deadly disease in many Northern states raises serious concerns.”

The NCGF went on to allege that some of the persons sneaking into the south had tested positive or were asymptomatic to COVID-19 may escalate community transmissions in the south, where infection and spread  has been minimal.