FG Declares 132 Persons Wanted Over COVID-19 Violations

Joseph Bakare

The Federal Government has placed additional 132 persons on its wanted list for violating the quarantine provisions of the COVID-19 guidelines.

Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19; who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). Mustapha disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja.

The SGF, who was speaking at the briefing of the committee, also shared details of the wanted Nigerians.

Among the wanted person are 75 males, and 57 females.

Government had earlier declared 80 persons wanted and all of the 193 persons are Nigerians, bearing Nigerian passports.

In addition, he disclosed that they arrived Nigeria through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja.

He noted that the government had, on 1st May 2021, issued a travel advisory for passengers arriving in Nigeria from Brazil, India and Turkey; adding that that these precautionary measures were a necessary step to mitigate the risk of importation of COVID-19 variants, while also breaking the chain of transmission to the population.

Consequently, passengers arriving from or who have visited any of these three countries within 14 days prior to the visit to Nigeria, are required to follow mandatory arrival quarantine and testing protocols in designated facilities.

Mustapha disclosed that some Nigerians and foreigners have violated these guidelines. He added that the development is a contravention of the provisions of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Regulations Protection, 2021. On the basis of this, he revealed that the wanted persons have been declared persons of interest (POI). This is on account of posing a considerable danger to overall public health; as well as for the violation of Nigeria COVID-19 travel protocol.

Mustapha said: “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 48hrs of this notice; for immediate evaluation and call the Port Health Services, Federal Ministry of Health on 08036134672 or 08032461990 for further directions.

“The PSC shall in addition, take further steps to sanction these violators. These steps include: Disabling their travel passports for a period not less than one year; Cancelation of visas/permits of foreigners that have abused Nigeria’s hospitality, and prosecution under the 2021 Health Protection Regulations.”

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