TRACE turns back 30 Almajiris hiding behind baskets of pepper inside trailer in Ogun

Sodiq Ojuroungbe

The Operatives of Traffic Compliance and Emforcement Corps has disclosed that it has intercepted an IVECO truck loaded with 30 Hausa youth, known as Almajirai.

PLATFORM TIMES reports that the IVECO truck with registration number Kano XG172 KNG was suspected to be coming from Kano state.

The spokesman of TRACE Babatunde Akinbiyi said this in a statement made avalable in newsmen in Abeokuta.

Akinbiyi said the truck was loaded with assorted pepper, was covered with tarpaulin.

He said the truck which is meant to carry only goods, was intercepted at Joju area of Sango in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, what the truck was conveying came to light when TRACE operatives forced the driver to park and untie the tarpaulin.

“The Almajirai were packed together with various types of pepper which filled the truck to the brim.

“The truck was turned back and led to tollgate from where they said they came in.”

When asked where the truck was coming from and where it was heading to , Akinbiyi said , the truck was coming from Lagos axis.

He added “but, we don’t know their final destination before they were apprehended at Ota by eagle eye of the Divisional TRACE Command, Ota, Ajibade Adekunle.”

He explained that operatives with unbranded vehicle follow the truck till it left the boundary of the state .

He said “another team at the toll gate was awaiting them for easy passage, even though a TRACE team was in another unbranded vehicle following them from behind.”

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