Federal Government Evacuates Hundreds Of Nigerians From UAE, Sudan And U.S.

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Over 600 Nigerians have been recently evacuated by the Nigerian Government from the United States, Sudan and United Arab Emirates due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According a manifest from the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, the sixth evacuation flight from the U.S. departed for Abuja and Lagos with 325 passengers on board.

They include 128 males, 174 females and 23 infants, bringing to 1,739 the total number of stranded Nigerians evacuated from the U.S. so far. It was also gathered that the Ethiopian Airlines plane will fly directly to Abuja, and then proceed to Lagos.

Okoyen told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that 101 of the passengers were Abuja-bound, while the rest are heading to Lagos. In the same vein, three hundred and thirty-one Nigerians arrived in Abuja on Friday August 7 from the United Arab Emirates.

According to the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, the flight conveying the returnees landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 1424hours. Following their return today, the number of evacuees from the UAE has risen 2,042. This comes two days after 306 Nigerians were repatriated from the UAE.

 

Also, 87 stranded evacuatee have returned from Sudan. The agency reported that they arrived Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja at about 9.15am on Saturday.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) also disclosed that all the recent evacuees tested negative for the COVID-19 before boarding and will embark on 14-day self isolation as stipulated by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)..

It was also gathered that another batch of Nigerians stranded in United Kingdom will be arriving later in the day. Since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted travels across the world, thousands of Nigerians have been evacuated back home.

In early June, the Federal Government said it had spent N169 million on the evacuation of Nigerians returning from overseas.

 

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