Lagos isn’t messing about with its new lockdown laws

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Lagos isn’t messing about with its new lockdown laws

Nigeria’s commercial hub threatens to jail Covid transgressors

Tope Alake

Nigeria’s biggest city has imposed new coronavirus laws that carry strict penalties, including fines and imprisonment for violations.

Under the new laws, the Lagos state governor can “quarantine anyone he deems fit and for any period of time, sanction erring individuals with fines of up to 500,000 naira (R16,727) or imprisonment of up to five years”, the state health commissioner, Akin Abayomi, said.

International passengers who provide misleading information or break protocols may be jailed for a year or pay fines, the commissioner said. People travelling from India, Brazil and Turkey who refuse to isolate will have their passports deactivated for at least a year. Foreign citizens may be deported...

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