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Disobey COVID-19 Protocol, Spend Six Months In Jail-Buhari




President Muhammadu Buhari has signed a law that would see anyone breaking the COVID-19 protocol going to jail for six months.

The COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 was in Abuja by the president on Wednesday, January 27.

This comes as Nigeria continues to battle the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The disclosure was made known in a tweet by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture via its official Twitter handle @FMICNigeria.

The new law makes the use of face masks in public places compulsory and imposes a fine or six-month jail term for anyone 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. 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.





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