Presidential COVID-19 Steering Committee has banned over 2,000 Nigerians and foreigners from overseas and domestic travel for a year for evading coronavirus polymerase chain reaction testing at international airports from the country.
The Presidential Steering Committee’s national incident manager, Mukhtar Muhammad, revealed in Abuja on Monday.
Muhammad, who spoke at the daily CPS briefing, said the names of more than 2,000 citizens and foreigners had been pasted at all major federal medical facilities where medical experts were assigned to provide care to Nigerians and foreigners who had traveled to the country during the Third Wave of COVID-19.
He said the government had insisted that passengers arriving in the country, especially from high-risk countries, be quarantined at a government-provided facility, and that the passports of those who did not comply to the protocol had been suspended for a year.
He said: “We have included the quarantine of passengers arriving from high-risk countries and people who escaped these protocols have been penalized by publishing their names and suspending their passports for a year.
“Let me assure you that so far we have published the list of over 2,000 people who have escaped quarantine in our health facilities.
“And we went ahead to make sure their passports were hung up.
“So for every action there are consequences. “
Nigeria’s news agency reports that the PSC issued a travel advisory on May 1, 2021 for passengers arriving in Nigeria from Brazil, India and Turkey.
The precautionary measures were a necessary step to mitigate the risk of importing worrying variants and breaking the chain of transmission to the population, according to PSC president Boss Mustapha.
Under these measures, passengers arriving from / or having visited any of these three countries within the 14 days prior to the visit to Nigeria were required to follow mandatory quarantine and testing protocols upon arrival at designated facilities. .
But many passengers either did not observe the mandatory isolation or showed up for the PCR repeat test on day 7 as required, various results showed.
The PSC had also previously published the names and passport numbers of the defaulters.