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PSC Blacklists Quarantine Defaulters

The Federal Government has declared 90 travellers who recently visited or arrived from India, Turkey and Brazil as potential health hazards to the society for violating Nigeria’s COVID-19 travel protocols and evading the mandatory seven-day quarantine for persons arriving from restricted countries.

The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 in a statement signed by its chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, listed the violators as Persons of Interest who pose considerable danger to public health.

They comprise 63 Nigerians, 26 Indians and One Danish citizen who arrived Nigeria through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja between May 8 and 15, 2021 with Ethiopian Airline and Qatar Airways flights.

The PSC says the violators must within 48 hours of this notice transport themselves safely, to the nearest state public health departments for immediate evaluation and also call the Port Health Services, Federal Ministry of Health for further directions.

While urging Nigerians to beware of the affected persons, the PSC says further sanctions including a travel ban on their passports for one year, cancelation of visas or permits of defaulting foreigners as well as prosecution will be carried out.

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