COVID-19: FG declares 132 people wanted

COVID-19: FG declares 132 people wanted

The Federal Government has declared an additional 132 persons wanted for violating the quarantine provisions of the COVID-19 guidelines.

1st News reports that the 132 people adds to an initial 80 declared wanted earlier on Sunday.

This was disclosed by Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19; who doubles the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). Mustapha made this known on Thursday in Abuja.

The SGF, who was speaking at the briefing of the committee, further shared details of the wanted Nigerians. He revealed that 75 were males, while 57 were females; adding that 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.

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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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