Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of PSC

Nigeria declares 108 Brazilians, Indians wanted for violating COVID-19 protocol

*Nigeria’s Presidential Steering Committee says the body shall also take further steps to sanction the Coronavirus protocol violators

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For apparently posing a considerable danger to overall public health in Nigeria, the Federal Government’s Presidential Steering Committee has declared 108 passengers from Brazil, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and India wanted for violating COVID-19 quarantine protocol in the country.

The PSC stated that “members of the public are by this notice advised that these persons of interest constitute an immediate health hazard to the society.”

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of PSC, who disclosed this in a statement Sunday, May 23 in Abuja, FCT, said the individuals arrived in Nigeria between May 8 and 15, 2021, through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after the Federal Government’s new COVID-19 regulations.

The statement noted the Steering Committee May 1 issued a travel advisory for passengers arriving in Nigeria from Brazil, India, and Turkey.

It stated that under the new measures, passengers arriving from or who have visited any of the countries within 14 days before the visit to Nigeria must follow mandatory arrival quarantine and testing protocols in designated facilities.

Mustapha said: “The PSC has, however, observed that while most of the arriving passengers dutifully observed the guidelines, some Nigerians and foreigners have violated them in contravention of the provisions of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Regulations Protection, 2021.”

The SGF added that the 108 passengers had been declared “persons of interest” as they posed a considerable danger to overall public health.

“Members of the public are by this notice advised that these persons of interest constitute an immediate health hazard to the society.

“They must therefore transport themselves safely to the nearest state public health departments within 48 hours of this notice for immediate evaluation,” the statement said.

According to the PSC Chairman, Nigerians should also call the Port Health Services, Federal Ministry of Health, on 08036134672 or 08032461990 for further directions.

He explained that the PSC should, in addition, take further steps to sanction the violators, adding that the measures included disabling their travel passports for a period not less than one year.

The PSC stressed such other sanctions to be taken against the on-the-run passengers include “cancellation of the visas or permits of foreigners that have abused our hospitality and prosecution under the 2021 Health Protection Regulations”

The government disclosed that it would publish an additional list of “Batch II” defaulters in a subsequent announcement.

“The identified passengers, their names, nationalities, passport numbers, airlines, and dates of arrival, will be published in national dailies,” added Mustapha.

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