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Akwa Ibom State Government has said it foiled an alleged plot to smuggle 68 suspected COVID-19 patients into the State.

The State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, disclosed this when he received the Akwa Ibom caucus in the National Assembly, who were in the State for a facility tour of the newly constructed Isolation Centre for Quarantine and Prevention of Infectious Diseases located at Ituk Mbang in Uruan.

He said as soon as he got the information, he immediately used the police to block them.

Buttressing his claims, Emmanuel said, “I even have text messages where people were trying to communicate with their colleagues here and those their colleagues were encouraging them to move into the State, that here people are better treated, that they should also come. Guess how many they were trying to bring in.

About 68 of them. So you can imagine if they were allowed to come in. So by the time the intelligence got to us, I had to also use police to block them. In the absence of that, I think so far, the curve has declined drastically.”

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