Some governors have expressed frustration at the apparent collapse of the interstate travel ban by many commercial drivers and commuters.

They worried that this trend might increase the spread of the coronavirus and shoot up the number of COVID-19 cases.

Fresh 553 cases were recorded on Saturday in 14 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control showed that Lagos had 378; FCT, 52; Delta, 23; Edo, 22; Rivers, 14; and Ogun, 13.

Others were Kaduna, 12; Kano, 9; Borno, 7; and Katsina, 6. Jigawa and Oyo had 5 cases each while Yobe and Plateau had 3 cases each. Osun had 1.

With the new cases, Nigeria had 9,855 COVID-19 cases. There were 273 deaths and 2,856 recoveries.

To curb the coronavirus spread, President Muhammadu Buhari had on March 30 ordered lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states for an initial period of two weeks, followed by a three-week extension.

Several state governments introduced similar restrictions to curb the COVID-19 spread.

Buhari, however, announced a gradual easing of the lockdown from May 4, based on the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

But the President announced a nationwide curfew from 8 pm to 6 am and directed that measures such as the ban on public gatherings and non-essential interstate travel, as well as social distancing remained until further notice.

He also ordered new measures such as the compulsory wearing of face masks.

Many state governors also made similar moves.

However, there are growing concerns that the interstate lockdown imposed by the President and Nigeria Governors’ Forum has failed due to the ceaseless failure of security agencies to enforce the restriction of movement imposed by the directive.

Despite the interstate lockdown, which the President extended indefinitely to contain the spread of COVID-19, findings revealed that interstate travel in the country has refused to cease, as many interstate commercial bus drivers bribe their ways through the different checkpoints mounted by security agencies across the country, the PUNCH reports.

The security agents deployed to enforce the lockdown include the police, soldiers, and personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

In some states, some paramilitary task forces are also involved in the enforcement of the interstate travel ban.

Recently, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai deployed commissioners and permanent secretaries to secure the borders.

He said one of the cases in the state came in from Kano and the person ended up infecting about nine other persons in Kaduna State.

Governors Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Godwin Obaseki (Edo) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) have also accused the police of failing to enforce the interstate travel ban.

The PTF had also queried the police over the poor enforcement of the interstate travel ban.

Despite all these, findings showed that many commercial drivers and passengers were still flouting the interstate travel ban.

For instance, Edo State Governor, Obaseki, expressed worry over the failure of the people to obey the interstate travel ban.