Muhammad Babandede, Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, has directed the adequate implementation of the federal government’s temporary travel restriction on 100 defaulting passengers that breached the COVID-19 safety protocol.
According to a statement released by Public Relations Officer Sunday James in Abuja on Monday, the defaulting passengers were restricted for a six-month period from Jan. 1 to June 30.
He stated that the passengers were banned “due to non-compliance with the mandatory Day 7 post-arrival COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test by all in-bound travellers.
“All the affected passengers have been notified and will be prevented from travelling passport re-issuance and travelling outside the country during this period.
“The Nigeria Immigration Service hereby warns all affected passengers to comply to avoid breaching public health protocols and refusal of departure’’.
The federal government had previously declared that the passport information of the first 100 passengers who did not undergo the COVID-19 testing after returning to the country would be publicly released and the passports would also be suspended.
The move is coming as the nation is currently witnessing a second wave of the virus in recent weeks that has caused a spike in nationwide cases.