Nigeria Mulls Ban on International Flights

Boss Mustapha

By Olawale Ajimotokan

The federal government is mulling a ban on international flights due to the fears over a new strain of coronavirus detected in some countries.

Chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha disclosed this while announcing a new COVID-19 advisory on Monday at the PTF briefing in Abuja.

Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, disclosed that the federal was having discussions with the aviation and health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO), on the calls for the restriction of international travels due to the discovery of new strains of the virus in certain countries.

He stressed that the PTF had concluded arrangements with the Nigeria Immigration Service to impose sanctions within the ambit of the law on international travellers that defaulted and breached the public health protocols by failing to turn up for the post-arrival test.

He said 64,405 of the 163,818 inbound travellers that had been captured on the portal number and that were due for the post-arrival test had failed to turn up.