The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on (COVID-19) has said it will apprehend, quarantine and ensure inbound passengers disobeying COVID-19 protocols bear the cost of testing for the coronavirus.
PTF Coordinator, Mukhtar Mohammed, said this on Monday in Abuja at the PTF COVID-19 national briefing.
“We intend to apply the full force of the law over such violators and this includes fines and imprisonment.
“Our aim is not to witch-hunt or punish anyone but to ensure people travel safely and when they return to the country that they do not constitute a nuisance to their loved ones and the community.
“PTF is aware of the report of syndicates at some international airports outside Nigeria which specialise in providing fake results to innocent Nigerians who are travelling back home.
“While investigating the matter … I will like to reiterate that it is the responsibility of passengers returning to Nigeria to ensure that they are tested before they start returning.
“You cannot be given a negative result when your samples have not be taken, please understand this and comply,” he said.