Ex-Zamfara gov, Yari, allegedly assaults airport official enforcing COVID-19 protocol

Former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has allegedly assaulted an environmental officer at an airport enforcing the COVID-19 protocol set by the government to curb the spread of the disease.

In a report by The Punch, the incident happened on Saturday at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano State.

Ex-Zamfara gov, Yari, allegedly assaults airport official enforcing COVID-19 protocol

The former governor of Zamfara state reportedly pushed off the official while trying to disinfect his luggage, claiming he was a VIP.

FAAN in a statement on Wednesday condemned the act which it described as “irresponsible” and “unacceptable”.

The statement read in part,

“The Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria hereby strongly condemns the conduct of the former Governor of Zamfara State, Alh. Abdulaziz Yari who blatantly violated the Public Health procedures (COVID-19) on travels at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport on Saturday 11th July 2020.

“He refused to adhere to the protocols and procedures put in place by the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 19 by forcefully pushing away an officer of the Environment Department when he insisted that his luggage must be disinfected.

“The former Governor said the officer should have known he is a VIP.

“This irresponsible act endangers all other airport users, it is unacceptable, and as such it has been duly escalated.

“FAAN hereby cautions all airport users, especially our esteemed VIPs to please respect the Presidential directive by observing the Public Health travel protocols put in place to protect all air travellers against infection and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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