At least 40 travellers en route Lagos State from Kano State have been intercepted in Niger State.
This was contained in a statement signed on Wednesday night by Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abubakar Bello.
According to the statement, 19 other persons travelling from Lagos to Kano were also stopped by the Niger State COVID-19 Task Force.
Niger, located in the North Central region of Nigeria, is one of the gateway states between the upper North and Southern Nigeria.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had on Monday, April 27, ordered a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice as part of measures to curb the spread of Covid19, which is said to be at the community transmission stage in the country.
The government said the intercepted persons have since been convicted by the Mobile Court and charged to between three months and one-year imprisonment with an option of a fine