COVID-19: Nigeria Evacuates 289 Stranded Nationals From US

Nigerians Return From US NIDCOM OnoBello

The Federal Government has announced that at least 289 Nigerians stranded in the United States due to coronavirus-related border closure have returned home.

The evacuees reportedly took off from New Jersey on Tuesday night using an Ethiopian Airlines plane and is expected to land at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja on Wednesday afternoon.

This is the fourth evacuation flight, which brings to 1,095, the total number of stranded Nigerians so far repatriated by the Federal Government from the US.

According to Punch, two families of seven were dropped from this flight, according to the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Benaoyagha Okoyen. Okoyen said they were denied boarding for failing to present COVID-19 test results, which is a key requirement for the flight.

Meanwhile, FG has approved two more evacuation flights, scheduled to depart from Texas and New Jersey on July 31 and August 7 respectively.

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