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Avoid non-essential interstate travels during Sallah, NCDC warns Nigerians

- Deborah Tolu-kolawole, Abuja Raphael Ede, Enugu

THe nigeria Centre for Disease Control has cautioned nigerians against non-essential interstate travels.

This, it said, was to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of the COVID-19.

The Head of Risk Communicat­ions Division,

Army fingers ESN, deploys troops as gunmen kill six soldiers in Enugu

GUnmen have allegedly killed six soldiers in Adani, Uzouwani Local Government Area of enugu State.

The PUNCH gathered that the soldiers were killed in the early hours of Tuesday at a military checkpoint on the nsukka-adanianamb­ra Federal Highway.

A reliable security source told our correspond­ent that the gunmen attacked the checkpoint at Iggah/asaba.

The Nigerian Army confirmed the attack and said the hoodlums were being trailed.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General, Onyema nwachukwu, who confirmed the incident in a text message in response to enquiries by The PUNCH on the incident, accused members of the Indigenous People of Biafra’s eastern Security network of being behind the attack.

In a message titled, ‘Troops repel esn attack on their location at Adani’, nwachukwu, however, said only two soldiers were killed during the attack before the hoodlums were repelled.

He said, “nigerian Army troops deployed to checkmate the activities of gunmen at Adani community of the Uzo-uwani Local Government Area of enugu State, yesterday (Tuesday), July 13, 2021, repelled the eastern Security network gun attack on troops’ location at the Iggah/ Asaba checkpoint.

“Sadly, during the fire fight that ensued, two soldiers paid the supreme price. Troops are currently on the trail of the criminals.

“We assure the general public of our commitment to providing adequate security in the general area in collaborat­ion with other security agencies.

“We also urge members of the public to complement the efforts of the security agencies by remaining law-abiding and providing useful informatio­n on the fleeing gunmen.”

NCDC, Dr Yahya Disu, gave the warning during a Channels Television programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’ breakfast show, monitored in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was triggered in nigeria by travellers, who moved across states for the last Christmas and new Year holidays last December.

Disu urged nigerians to learn from that experience and avoid unnecessar­y trips for the eid-elkabir next week.

The PUNCH had earlier reported warnings by experts against a fresh lockdown because of its likely impact on the economy.

Disu said, “more importantl­y, Sallah is coming when people just travel and that makes the risk higher in villages in different parts of the country.

“So, we need to warn people that they don’t need to travel if it is not necessary; you can celebrate where you are. During Sallah, we go to the mosque in large numbers, but this is the time we need to be very cautious.

“We are working with religious organisati­ons. The second wave in nigeria started because of Christmas, because people travelled for Christmas. So, we can avoid it; we can learn from it. A life that we lost is very important for every one of us; it could be anybody. So, it is not worth it to lose a life because we want to celebrate Sallah or Christmas.”

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