Nigeria vows to arrest inbound passengers disobeying COVID-19 protocols

The Nigerian government has made it clear that inbound passengers disobeying COVID-19 protocols will be arrested, quarantine and ensure they bear the cost of testing for the coronavirus.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on (COVID-19) National Incident Manager, Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, said this on Monday in Abuja at the PTF COVID-19 national briefing.

Mohammed said it will apply the full force of the law which includes fines and imprisonment.

He further stated that the decision was taken to ensure that people travel safely and when they return to the country, they do not constitute nuisance to their loved ones and the community.

According to him, “PTF is aware of the report of syndicates at some international airports outside Nigeria which specialise in providing fake results to innocent Nigerians who are travelling back home.

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“While investigating the matter, I will like to reiterate that it is the responsibility of passengers returning to Nigeria to ensure that they are tested before they start returning.

“You cannot be given a negative result when your samples have not been taken, please understand this and comply,” NAN quoted him as saying.

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