Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 says it will soon publish the passport numbers of 100 travellers who refused to undergo the mandatory COVID-19 test after returning to the country.
Travellers are mandated to run the test seven days after their arrival.
PTF National Coordinator, Dr Sani Aliyu, at a briefing on Thursday, said the holders of the passports would be suspended from travelling for a minimum of six months for flouting obligation to test.
Aliyu added that visas of the foreigners, who evade the mandatory test, would be revoked.
He said the 100 affected persons have been contacted and they have confirmed that they failed to do the post-arrival test.
The PTF coordinator said only their passport numbers will be published, and not names, adding that punitive measures would be taken against others in the category of those who evaded COVID-19 test.
He said anyone caught presenting fake negative COVID test results for travel would be punished.
Aliyu said, “From now on, particularly for those coming from the UK and South Africa, we will pay special attention to these flights. If you do not do your day seven test, by day 10, you will automatically go onto the suspension list and your travel documents, your passport would be suspended for a minimum period of six months.
“If you carry a foreign passport, with a visa, we will revoke your visa. And because we are able to track a smaller group of persons than a large number of persons, which has always been the challenge we have, we are now able to enforce this, specifically for passengers coming from these routes until further notice.
“In addition to that, over this weekend, we will publish the first list of 100 passport numbers – Nigerian passport numbers – that will be suspended for six months. We’ve already contacted these passengers and we’ve confirmed that they have not had a COVID-19 PCR test. We will not be publishing names, but we will publish the passport numbers.”
During the last briefing, PTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha, had said a total of 20,216 in-bound travellers refused to show up for the post arrival test they signed up, thereby endangering members of the public.
He had said the PTF had concluded arrangements with the Nigeria Immigration Service ” to impose sanctions on these defaulters for breaching the public health protocols, within ambit of the law.”