According to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, another batch of 324 Nigerians stranded in the United States of America due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been evacuated.
The Minister made this known on Saturday via Twitter where he noted that the Nigerian returnees are being expected into the country from Newark Airport, New Jersey. Onyeama noted that the flight left the American soil on Friday and is due to arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 15:35 pm today.
The Minister explained that following the development of the third evacuation of these citizens, two more evacuation flights are expected from the country on July 28 and 31 respectively. Meanwhile, 212 Nigerians are also expected to arrive Abuja on Saturday via Turkish Airlines from Cyprus, the Minister added in a later tweet.
“Some of the evacuees are Nigerian students from Cyprus, Nigerian professionals in Turkey, and few Nigerian professional footballers,” Onyeama said.
Over 2,000 Nigerians have so far been evacuated from various parts of the world, among those who have indicated interest to return home following the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Geoffrey Onyeama (@GeoffreyOnyeama) July 18, 2020
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