Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, on Monday ordered security operatives to shoot any returnee that tries to escape from the quarantine and isolation centres on sight, the Guardian reports.
The state government had at the weekend ordered immediate isolation of about 37 returnees that entered the state through the bush after the state government ordered the closure of its borders.
He stressed that any of the returnees that try to escape from the quarantine centre where they would be subjected to medical tests daily for 14 days following Coronavirus pandemic should be shot on sight.
The state government had ordered that all the borders in the state be immediately shut down to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading to the state.
But no fewer than 30 persons were said to have entered the bush and crossed to a boundary town between Abakaliki and Enugu where vehicles were already on standby to carry them to their various destinations.
The 30 escapees and seven returnees were later taken to a quarantine centre at the Abakaliki Township Stadium where Umahi visited them at 9 pm and ordered that they are subjected to a daily medical examination for 14-days.