- The spread of coronavirus in Nigeria is forcing a lot of foreigners out of the country
- Some German nationals were at the Lagos airport on Thursday, April 2
- Also, a lot of French citizens were at the airport awaiting evacuation
Amid coronavirus in Nigeria, over 100 German nationals at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos are waiting for their flight to Frankfurt, having completed the necessary documentation.
Moreover, an official at the airport told journalists that an Air France aircraft is waiting to airlift a lot of French citizens, The Nation reports.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a chartered Air France flight evacuated 260 European citizens from Nigeria and additional 118 European citizens from other West African countries through the airport (MMIA), Lagos on Thursday, March 26.
The British High Commission was also exploring options for sending its staff, dependents and other Britons to the UK.
The Air France flight was said to have landed in Lagos via Cotonou with 118 passengers on board at 3 pm local time.
It was gathered that 260 passengers boarded the flight from Lagos and the aircraft took off to Paris about 3:44 pm local time.
The federal government had granted Air France and KLM one-week permission to evacuate European citizens from Nigeria.
The airlines were also evacuating European citizens from the West Coast because of the projection that COVID-19 spread in Africa might spike in the coming days.
The federal government had approved for Air France to operate essential flights from Thursday, March 26 to Thursday, April 2.
The general manager, Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Victoria Shinaba, confirmed that the federal government approved the flight to land, adding that precautions were taken to limit contacts as the pilot and crew were not allowed to disembark and the nationals were escorted to the plane.
The federal government had announced that from Monday, all the nation’s airports would be shut to incoming international flights.
The weekly federal executive council of the Buhari administration had also been suspended “until further notice,” according to an announcement by the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha.
Also, the federal government had asked public servants to work from home from Tuesday, March 24. The directive was given by Yemi Esan, the head of service of the federation, in a memo circulated to public servants on Monday, March 23.
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