In order not to take chances, the Cross River State commissioner for health, Dr Betta Edu joined a team of security personnel to the Itu Bridge, boundary between the state and Akwa Ibom State, for an all-night enforcement of the border closure, preventing those who planned to enter the state at night, from entering.
It was learnt that a lot of people were in the habit of sneaking into the state late in the night, to avoid being hindered by officials of the government.
TNN learnt that the current move may have been taken because of the announcement of five cases of COVID 19 on same day for the first time in neighbouring Akwa Ibom.
The state, trying to avoid anybody from getting into Calabar with the virus, has decided to increase its vigilance at the border. A lot of drivers and their passengers were stranded at the bridge head on Wednesday night.
Some of the passengers were seen with their children with feelings of frustration, while the government officials and security operatives refused to yield to pleas to allow them into the state.