Steer Clear-FG Warns

*As It Bans Over 2,000 Nigerians and Foreigners From Traveling Into or Out of the Country for One Year

The Nigerian government has issued a stern order to Nigerians and foreigners alike who have violated the Covid-19 protocols not to travel into or out of the country for 12 months. The order was issued in Abuja on Monday by the Presidential Steering Committee, PSC, on COVID-19.
According to the committee, over 2,000 Nigerians and foreigners have so far been barred from travelling abroad or into the country for one year having evaded and avoided the Coronavirus Polymerase Chain Reaction, PCR, test in Nigeria’s airports.
While disclosing the order, PSC’s National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Muhammad, explained that the identity of those affected has been forwarded to all the major federal medical facilities assigned to handle all international passengers that travelled into the country during the COVID-19 third wave.
According to him, the FG has also extended the warning to passengers arriving the country from high-risk regions, insisting that they must be quarantined in a government-provided facility and that passports of those who failed to comply should be suspended for one year.
“We have included the provision of quarantine for passengers, who arrived from high-risk countries and people who evaded these protocols have been penalised by publishing their names as well as suspending their passports for one year.
“Let me assure you that so far we have published the list of over 2,000 people who evaded quarantine in our health facilities. And we have gone ahead to ensure that their passports are suspended. So, for every action there are consequences,” he said.
It would be recalled that Nigeria suspended 100 passports belonging to Nigerian travellers who refused to comply with the country’s Covid-19 protocols by undergoing the second mandatory test upon arriving the country. The initial suspension was for 6 months with their passport numbers published for refusing to comply with the test mandate within 7 days of arrival the from overseas travel.

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