Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister for Information and Culture

Government trails 4,370 people with alleged contact with Coronavirus patients

* Nigerians who refuse screening can be arrested, prosecuted —Prof. Sagay

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect
For fear of their infecting more Nigerians with the dreadful COVID-19 pandemic currently distorting socio-economic activities across the country, the Federal Government says it currently attempts to trace about 4,370 people who may have had contacts with Coronavirus patients in the country.

ConsumerConnect gathered that Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Honourable Minister for Information and Culture, in a statement Thursday, March 26 said, “We have 4,370 people of interest whom we are tracing.”

Alhaji Mohammed, therefore, has urged those who have had contact with suspected Coronavirus cases to immediately report to the authorities for screening.

“We urge Nigerians to support the authorities in this regard,” the Minister stated.

He, however, warned that Nigeria is on the verge of reaching the level of community spread, noting that if proper measures are not taken, then the nation will record exponential cases in the days ahead.

Mohammed maintained that the country’s strategy at containing the fatal pandemic is working.

Nevertheless, the country still has a long way to go, he stressed.

He clarified that he does not mean to spread panic among the populace, but noted that bold measures have been taken, and more steps of such nature need to be taken to ensure that Nigeria defeats the raging virus.

Meanwhile, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) Thursday said anyone who ignored directives to submit for screening amid the Coronavirus pandemic can be arrested and prosecuted.

Sagay said no one, no matter how highly placed is above the laws of the land, adding that ignoring health directives is not only an irresponsible behaviour but capable of endangering peoples lives.

“I heard that some federal lawmakers have refused to submit themselves for screening but I think it has been denied by the spokesman of the House of Reps.

“If it is true, not only will that be irresponsible, it will also be criminal because the President, on whose behalf the Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) are acting, has powers to give directives on occasions like these which are binding on everybody.

“Anyone who flouts such directives is not only irresponsible in terms of behavior, but is also committing a crime, because he is putting all of us at terrible risk.

“Such a person should be arrested and prosecuted,” PACAC Chairman disclosed.

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