The Federal Government has vowed to publish the passport numbers of 100 travellers who refused to undergo the mandatory COVID-19 test after returning to the country.
This was made known by the national coordinator of the presidential task force (PTF), Sani Aliyu, during a briefing on Thursday.
Naija News reports that travellers are mandated to run the test seven days after their arrival.
He said the holders of the passports will be suspended from travelling for a minimum of six months for flouting obligation to test, while visas of the foreigners who evade the mandatory test would be revoked.
Aliyu said the 100 affected persons have been contacted and they have confirmed that they failed to do the post-arrival test.
He also stated that travellers caught presenting fake negative COVID test results would be duly punished.
“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,” Sani Aliyu said.
“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.”