The federal government has banned over 2,000 Nigerians and foreigners from leaving the country for one year, after they refused to take the Coronavirus PCR tests at international airports across the country.
Mr. Mukhtar Muhammad, the National Incident Manager of the Presidential Steering Committee at a press briefing stated that the names of over 2,000 citizens and foreigners had been pasted at all the major federal medical facilities where medical experts were assigned to give care to Nigerians and foreigners that had travelled into the country during the COVID-19 third wave.
“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.
Reports claim that the federal government had earlier issued a Travel Advisory for Passengers arriving in Nigeria from Brazil, India and Turkey.
Under the measures, passengers arriving from/or that have visited any of these three countries within fourteen (14) days prior to the visit to Nigeria, were required to follow mandatory arrival quarantine and testing protocols in designated facilities.
But many passengers failed to observe the compulsory isolation or to present themselves for the PCR repeat test on day seven, various findings have shown.