BREAKING: Buhari Signs Law Ordering 6-months Jail Term For Anyone Who Disobeys COVID-19 Protocol

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President Muhammadu Buhari has signed a new law prescribing six-month jail term for persons convicted for disobeying any COVID-19 guideline.

The regulation is in line with the exercising of the powers conferred on Buhari by Section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010. Though most of the regulations are already in place, the legal instrument provides a legal backing for defaulters to be prosecuted.

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The new law states that any offence under the regulations is punishable by a fine or a term of six months imprisonment or both in accordance with Section 5 of the Quarantine Act.

Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president, revealed this in a statement, saying that COVID-19 has been declared a dangerous infectious disease.

The presidential spokesman went on to note that the Act is in line with the exercising of the powers conferred on Buhari by Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Quarantine Act (CAP Q2 LFN 2004), and all other powers enabling him on that behalf.

 

Fatima Hassan

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