Sunday, July 11, 2021

COVID-19: False phone, contact details may send you to prison, says Sanwo-Olu – ITREALMS

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Given the recent rise in number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, the Lagos State Incident Commander for the COVID-19, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has disclosed travelers who submit false phone and contact details may face serious sanctions, reports ITREALMS.
The sanctions, ITREALMS gathered may include fines and imprisonment in accordance with the Lagos State Coronavirus Law of 2021.
“Going forward, passengers that do not provide the right details, including a phone number they can be reached for monitoring and an address for isolation, will face serious sanctions including fines and imprisonment according to our Lagos State Coronavirus Law of 2021,” he said in Lagos on Sunday while giving an update.

As said by him, it has become pertinent and responsibility of passengers to ensure they provide the right details for the government to reach them for proper monitoring.

Sanwo-Olu also said that travel protocols for in-bound passengers must provide the correct details especially their phone numbers.

He revealed to ITREALMS that between 8th May 2021 and 7th July 2021, a total of 50,322 passengers of interest arrived in Lagos via the Murtala Mohammed Airport. 

Stressing that of this figure, 18 percent could not be reached by EKOTELEMED because of the provision of either wrong numbers or wrong Nigerian contact details to be reached on.

ITREALMS equally gathered that sanctions against quarantine defaulters, would be as dictated by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), passengers from red-listed countries (India, South Africa, Brazil and Turkey) are required to observe mandatory isolation. 

“So far, we have successfully isolated 2,386 passengers in Lagos State. Of this number, 15% have absconded,” he said, even as foreign defaulters may have their permanent residency revoked, and deportation.

Uj. N. Dominic/Editor

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