The Federal Government has banned over 2,000 Nigerians and foreigners from traveling abroad and into the country for one year after shunning the Coronavirus Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at international airports in the country.
It said that the over 2,000 citizens’ and foreigners’ names have been pasted at all the major federal medical facilities where medical experts were assigned to give care to Nigerians and foreigners that had travelled into the country during COVID-19 third waves.
As gathered, foreign travel restrictions have been placed on Nigerians whose names appeared on the lists’ while non-Nigerian have had their visas revoked immediately.
The statistics represented passengers that came into the country recently after the central government commenced enforcement of the reviewed COVID-19 protocol, aimed at flattering the virus curve across Nigeria.
The passengers were said to have failed to go through the routine port health screening and present electronic or print-out evidence of pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR test and the Permit to Travel Certificate/QR Code before the health officials at the entry ports.
The National Incident Manager for the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Mukhtar Mohammed, announced the development on Monday while briefing newsmen on the ongoing enforcement of protocol across the country.
Mohammed added that the violators were discovered after the COVID-19 protocol was reviewed as well as strengthing the enforcement across the airports.
He said: “Our efforts showed that compliance across the country is very low but at point of entry has been shown to be quite appreciable.