Coronavirus: Falana urges enforcement of Quarantine Act

Femi Falana, human rights crusader has called  on the Federal Government  to enforce the Quarantine Act to check the spread of coronavirus.

Falana made the call in a statement in Lagos.

Falana said that declaration  of  a state of emergency would provide the  basis for prosecution of  anyone flouting the  regulations.

“It is common knowledge that leaders of many countries have since invoked the provisions of relevant statutes to declare a state of emergency before imposing restriction on the locomotion of people and lockdown of towns.

“Having confirmed that the presidency is on lockdown, we are compelled to call on state governors to apply the Quarantine Act, which provides for and regulates the imposition of quarantine and to make other provisions for preventing the introduction into and spread in Nigeria and the transmission from Nigeria of dangerous infectious diseases.

“In particular, state governors are urged to invoke Section 8 of the Act which empowers them to make such declarations and issue necessary regulations to combat any infectious disease such as  COVID-19,” he said.

According to Falana, once the declaration is made, the police can prosecute anyone who violates any regulation on the basis of the Quarantine Act.

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