Lagos State Government has said that all Nigerian travellers that have been confirmed as absconders will have their passports deactivated for a minimum of one year, while all foreigners will have their resident permits cancelled and deported as stated by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19.
It said that all the absconders would also face the penalties of the Coronavirus Pandemic Law 2021 of Lagos State, including one-year imprisonment and an N500,000 fine.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, stated this, at the weekend, during a briefing on an update on the COVID-19 vaccine and response.
Abayomi said that since the commencement of the new guidelines and the ban on non-Nigerians travelling from three countries (India, Brazil and Turkey) into Nigeria, Lagos State had recorded 568 in-bound passengers, who have been permitted to enter Nigeria from these three countries.
“We have isolated 433 passengers in our various accredited hotels and facilities; 262 are in isolation and 154 passengers have been discharged with a negative COVID-19 test. Nine have tested positive and successfully isolated to prevent community transmission. Of the remaining 135 passengers, 119 have refused isolation and 16 are unaccounted for.
“The families of those that have refused to be isolated should appeal to their loved ones to return for testing and isolation.Follow us on social media