NIGERIA: 2,000 Nigerian travellers have their international passports suspended for one year by the federal government for violating the country’s travelling rules during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Those affected failed to undergo the country’s compulsory 14 days quarantine and other COVID-19 preventive measures while returning from countries described as high-risk nations.
The National Incident Manager (NIM) of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Muktar Muhammad disclosed this at the Committee’s briefing in Abuja.
“Government insisted that travellers who arrived into the country, especially from those nations described as “high risk” countries, must be quarantined at government-approved centres”, Muhammed said.
He said that the country has included the provision of quarantine for people arriving from high-risk countries and anyone who defaulted these measures have been dealt with by publicizing their identities as well as by suspending their passports for one year.
“Therefore, the government is making this known to all Nigerians that Nigeria Government has suspended over 2,000 violators of quarantine and other COVID-19 precautionary measures.
“The government is doing this to make sure that the citizens adhere strictly to the preventive measures which are important in reducing the danger of importing variants into the country and also to break the chain of transmission to the virus”, Muktar said
Speaking, the Chairman of the committee, Boss Mustapha, said that the travellers affected include those arriving from South Africa, Brazil, India and Turkey.
Reports have it that defaulters have in recent times added to the surge in the number of the COVID-19 affected persons in the country.
The federal government has continuously frowned and complained about the attitude of some Nigerians who, it noted, had been flouting the protocols.
The Presidential Committee lament that some of the defaulters have failed to observe the compulsory isolation or present themselves to the government.