The Federal Government has issued a warrant for 90 Nigerians and foreign travellers from India, Brazil, and Turkey.
The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, according to the report, has initiated a manhunt for 90 travellers, including Nigerians and foreigners, whom it has described as public health threats.
Mr Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the PSC and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said in a statement received by that the 90 people still on the loose had broken the rules for visitors entering Nigeria from India, Turkey, and Brazil.
After recognising the threat to global health posed by new COVID-19 variants detected mostly in the three nations, the Federal Government issued travel advice requiring travellers from any of the countries, or who had visited any of the 14 days before arriving in Nigeria, to undertake a mandatory arrival quarantine and testing process.
However, the 90 offenders, whose names and passport data were also made public in the PSC’s schedule posted on Sunday night, allegedly entered the country without following the advisory.
They were accused by the Committee of jeopardising public health standards, which carry stiff penalties.
“On the 1st of May, 2021, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 issued a Travel Advisory for Passengers Arriving in Nigeria from Brazil, India, and Turkey.
“These precautionary measures are a vital step in reducing the risk of worrisome variations being imported and breaking the transmission chain to the general public.
“Passengers arriving from/or visiting any of these three countries within fourteen (14) days of their visit to Nigeria are expected to adhere to mandatory arrival quarantine and testing protocols in designated facilities under the new restrictions.
“However, the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) has observed that, while the majority of incoming passengers followed the requirements to the letter, some (both Nigerians and foreigners) did so in violation of the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) HEALTH REGULATIONS PROTECTION, 2021.
“As a result, the under listed persons who arrived in Nigeria between the 8th and 15th of May 2021 through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, and whose names and passport numbers are displayed, have been declared Persons of Interest (POI) on the grounds of posing a significant threat to overall public health and for violating Nigerian law,” the statement reads.
“This notice informs members of the public that these persons of interest pose an acute health concern to society. They must thus securely transfer themselves to the nearest state public health departments within 48 hours after receiving this notification for prompt evaluation and call the Federal Ministry of Health’s Port Health Services at 08036134672 or 08032461990 for further instructions.
“In addition, the PSC will take additional actions to discipline these violators. These procedures include: removing their travel passports for not less than one year; cancelling foreigners’ visas/permits who have abused our hospitality; and prosecuting them under the Health Protection Regulations of 2021.
The statement reads, “An additional list of Batch II defaulters will be published in a subsequent announcement by the PSC.”