Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu threatened to deport travellers who violated the COVID-19 safety protocol released by the Presidential Steering Committee.
“All foreigners that flout the rules would be subjected to possible deportation. Therefore, I implore all intending inbound passengers to perform their required tests at any of the private laboratories within the Lagos State Private Laboratory Consortium as and when due.” Mr Sanwo-Olu warned.
Sanwo-Olu said this on Tuesday while updating the public on the management of COVID-19. He added that his government, in partnership with the PSC, would begin prosecuting travellers who refuse to be tested and blacklisting their passports for a year.
Lagos Governor mentioned that PSC guidelines on travel protocols should be strictly followed by passengers arriving in Nigeria. The guidelines include a COVID-19 PCR test to be carried out 48 hours before departure; a COVID-19 PCR test after arrival; and partially and unvaccinated individuals to self-isolate for seven days.
Additionally, he warned potential outbound passengers against procuring fake COVID test results and vaccination cards. According to him, the Lagos government is working with the NCDC, SSS, and the police to apprehend criminals selling fake vaccination cards.
”We implore everyone to desist from patronising these gangs, as anyone found with a fake COVID test result and/or vaccination card will also be liable to prosecution and very stiff penalties,” he urged. ”Our state’s mobile courts will be used to prosecute all those involved in flouting the regulations, as well as those engaged in the fraudulent production of fake COVID test results and vaccination certificates.”