No fewer than 90 travellers, Nigerians and foreigners, who entered the country from Brazil, India, Turkey, and the UAE, have been declared wanted by the Nigerian Government for violating COVID-19 quarantine guidelines.
The PUNCH reported that the 90 wanted travellers consist of at least 63 Nigerians and 27 foreigners.
Recall that the government, as reported by WUZUPNIGERIA three weeks ago, had placed a restriction on travellers from Brazil, India and Turkey, after carrying out a risk assessment of countries with a high incidence of COVID-19 cases.
The Presidential Steering Committee on 1st May 2021 strongly advised Nigerians “to avoid any non-essential international travels to any country at this period and specifically to countries that are showing a rising number of cases and deaths.”
India, for example, has placed other countries, including Nigeria, on alert following the discovery of a widespread more deadly COVID-19 variant.
Nicknamed “double mutant” variant by the BBC and other news outlets, LATimes reported that the variant contained two worrisome mutations in its genetic composition, which some scientists thought might cause reduced immunity in people who had been vaccinated or had survived a conventional COVID-19 illness.
As such, the FG on May 1st noted that travellers shall be subject to take a compulsory COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival into Nigeria and “If positive, the passenger shall be admitted within a government-approved treatment centre, in line with National treatment protocols.
“If Negative, the Passenger shall continue to remain in quarantine and made to undergo a repeat PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine.
“Passenger(s) arriving in Nigeria from other destinations must observe a 7-day self-isolation at their final destination, carry out a COVID-19 PCR test on day 7 at selected laboratory and shall be monitored for compliance to isolation protocol by appropriate authorities.”
It is pertinent to note that passengers arriving from/or that have visited any of the three countries within 14 days prior to the visit to Nigeria are required to follow mandatory arrival quarantine and testing protocols in designated facilities.
However, in a statement on Sunday night, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, noted that the wanted individuals violated the mandatory COVID-19 guidelines issued by the government to prevent the importation of the deadly variant.
Daily Trust quoted Mustapha as saying: “The PSC has however observed that while most of the arriving passengers dutifully observed the guidelines, some (Nigerians and foreigners) have violated them in contravention of the provisions of the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Health Regulations Protection, 2021.
“Accordingly, the underlisted persons who arrived in Nigeria between 8 May 2021 and 15 May 2021 through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja and whose names and passport numbers are displayed, have been declared Persons of Interest (POI) on account of posing considerable danger to overall public health and for the violation of Nigeria COVID-19 travel protocol by evading the mandatory 7-day quarantine for persons arriving from restricted countries.
“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.”
See the full list of the 90 wanted travellers below according to The PUNCH:
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