Prof. Akin Abayomi, Honourable Commissioner for Health in Lagos State

COVID-19: Lagos warns travellers giving false information, breaking protocols can go to jail

*The Governor of Lagos State, under the new law, can ‘quarantine anyone he deems fit and for any period of time, sanction erring individuals with fines of up to N500,000 or imprisonment of up to five years ─ Prof. Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

For international passengers who provide any misleading information or break the extant Coronavirus protocols, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has imposed a COVID-19 law stating strict penalties, including fines and imprisonment for violations.

Prof. Akin Abayomi, Honourable Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, in an e-mailed statement said under the new law, the Governor of Lagos State can “quarantine anyone he deems fit and for any period of time, sanction erring individuals with fines of up to 500,000 Naira ($1,220) or imprisonment of up to five years.”

The Commissioner stated that international passengers who provide misleading information or break the Coronavirus protocols may be jailed for a year or pay fines.

ConsumerConnect had reported that hundreds of international travellers from India, Brazil and Turkey who refused to isolate would have their passports deactivated for at least a year, while foreign citizens may be deported.

Lagos, regarded as the commercial and financial hub of the country, has vaccinated 318,916 people with a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine, with a goal to inoculate 14 million people in total, agency report said.

The state is reported to have carried out about 500,000 Coronavirus tests, and has recorded 356 deaths and 274 active cases as of Friday, May 28, 2021.

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