Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika revealed the country may reopen to international flights before October.
He tweeted that the government will announce the agreed date regardless of the ban by Europe, United Arab Emirates and others.
He hinted that the date may be earlier than October as his a announcement comes months after Nigeria closed its airspace in March after going on lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
The most populous nation in Africa reopened airports earlier in July for domestic flights and this was followed by complaints concerning violations of Covid-19 rules at Nigeria’s airports.
The minister said they have video footage of the alleged violations and a full investigation will be conducted into the matter that reportedly took place at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport and Port Harcourt International Airport.
Sirika said:”If anyone is found guilty, the federal government will make a criminal referral to the Nigerian police who must prosecute and the penalty is a jail term of not less than two months.
“No one wants to be in jail even for a minute and the penalty says not less than two months and so it could be 10 years”.