The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has mounted a manhunt for 90 travellers, Nigerians and foreigners, whom it described as risks to public well being.
In an announcement by the Chairman of the PSC and Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, the Committee stated the 90 individuals, who’re at present at giant, had violated the rules issued for travellers getting into Nigeria from India, Turkey and Brazil.
The Federal Authorities, after figuring out the hazard posed to world well being by new variants of COVID-19, which have been predominantly discovered within the three nations, had launched a journey advisory, mandating travellers from any of the nations, or who had visited any of them 14 days previous to arrival in Nigeria, to endure a obligatory arrival quarantine and testing protocols.
Nonetheless, in line with the assertion, the 90 offenders, whose names and passport particulars have been additionally made accessible within the schedule launched by the PSC on Sunday night time, sneaked into the nation with out respecting the advisory.
The Committee accused them of endangering public well being rules, which are a magnet for spelt out punishments.
“The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 on 1STMay, 2021 issued a Journey Advisory for Passengers arriving in Nigeria from Brazil, India and Turkey.
“These precautionary measures are a vital step to mitigate the danger of importation of variants of concern and break the chain of transmission to the inhabitants.
“Beneath the brand new measures, passengers arriving from/or which have visited any of those three nations inside fourteen (14) days previous to the go to to Nigeria, are required to observe necessary arrival quarantine and testing protocols in designated services.
“The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) has nonetheless noticed that whereas a lot of the arriving passengers dutifully noticed the rules, some (Nigerians and Foreigners) have violated them in contravention of the provisions of the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) HEALTH REGULATIONS PROTECTION, 2021.
“Accordingly, the underlisted individuals who arrived in Nigeria between eighth Could 2021 and 15th Could 2021 by the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja and whose names and passport numbers are displayed, have been declared Individuals of Curiosity (POI) on account of posing appreciable hazard to general public well being and for the violation of Nigeria COVID-19 journey protocol by evading the necessary 7-day quarantine for individuals arriving from restricted nations.
“Members of the general public are by this discover suggested that these individuals of curiosity represent an instantaneous well being hazard to the society. They need to due to this fact transport themselves safely, to the closest state public well being departments inside 48hrs of this discover for quick analysis and name the Port Well being Providers, Federal Ministry of Well being on 08036134672 or 08032461990 for additional instructions.
“The PSC shall as well as, take additional steps to sanction these violators. These steps embrace: Disabling their journey passports for a interval not lower than one 12 months; Cancellation of visas/ permits of foreigners which have abused our hospitality; and Prosecution beneath the 2021 Well being Safety Rules.
“Extra listing of Batch II defaulters shall be revealed in subsequent announcement by the PSC,” the assertion reads.