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COVID-19 violators in Nigeria face imprisonment under new directives signed by Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has signed Coronavirus Disease Health Protection 2021 making the use of face masks mandatory among other measures. The move is meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 reported NewZandar. COVID-19 violators in Nigeria now face imprisonment under new directives signed by Buhari

Nigeria experiences a spike in infections that are spreading at a high rate, due to the new variant discovered about a month ago.

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said Mr Buhari signed the document exercising the powers conferred on him by section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap, Q2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

Part two of the regulation stipulates that no person shall be allowed within the premises of a market, mall, supermarket, shop, restaurants, hotels, event centres, gardens, leisure parks, recreation centres, motor parks, fitness center or any other similar establishment “except he is wearing a face covering that covers the nose and mouth; he washes his hands or cleaned the hands using hand sanitiser approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control; and his body temperature has been checked.

Any person found to have a body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius shall be denied entry and advised to immediately seek medical attention.”

  • Part one which deals with restrictions on gatherings states that at all gatherings, a physical distance of at least two meters shall be maintained at all times between persons. “Notwithstanding the provision of Regulation 1, no gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50% capacity of the space. All persons in public gatherings, whether in enclosed or open spaces, shall adhere to the provisions of Part 2 of these Regulations.”
  • Part three, among other provisions, stipulates that persons confirmed to have tested positive to COVID-19 by an NCDC accredited laboratory, may not refuse isolation and or admission to a designated health establishment for management of the disease.
  • Part four which, deals with penalties, stipulates a fine or six months imprisonment or both for violators. It states:


“Any person who contravenes the provisions of these Regulations commits an offence.

“Any person who, without reasonable cause, contravenes a direction given under Parts 1 and 2 of these Regulations commits an offence.

“Any person who, without reasonable cause, obstructs an authorised official from enforcement of these Regulations commits an offence.

“An offence under these Regulations is punishable, on summary conviction, by a fine or a term of six months imprisonment or both in accordance with Section 5 of the Quarantine Act.”

  • Part 5 which deals with enforcement and application states: “Personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, and other relevant Local Government, State and Federal Government agencies are hereby directed to enforce the provisions of these Regulations.

“Any officer of the enforcement agencies who fails, neglects, or refuses to enforce the provisions of these Regulations shall be subject to disciplinary action by the disciplinary body of his respective agency.”

Source:, Diamond,