Coronavirus: Lebanon evacuates 140 citizens from Lagos

Coronavirus: Lebanon evacuates 140 citizens from Lagos

- The Lebanese government has evacuated 140 of its nationals from Nigeria on Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic

- The Lebanese nationals were flown out of the country, through the Lagos airport, after going through screening

- The Nigerian government is also making plans to evacuate its citizens in other countries who have indicated willingness to return home amid the pandemic

As Nigeria's coronavirus cases rise above 200, the Lebanese government has evacuated a batch of 140 nationals from the country via the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos on Sunday, April 5.

According to Business Day newspaper, the Lebanese nationals were flown out of the country after going through screening. gathers that the aircraft which flew into the country under humanitarian operations departed in the evening of Sunday.

Coronavirus: Lebanon evacuates 140 nationals from Lagos
Lebanon evacuates 140 nationals from Lagos amid coronavirus pandemic
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In a related development, a chartered Air France flight evacuated 260 European citizens from Nigeria and additional 118 European citizens from other West African countries through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on Thursday, March 26.

Also, earlier reported that some Nigerian citizens who are stranded in Glasgow, Scotland have cried out to the federal government for help.

The stranded citizens said they want to return home to Nigeria amid the coronavirus outbreak which has brought the world to its knees.

One of the Nigerians, a student, tweeted the group's Save-Our-Soul message to the chairman of Nigeria in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Dabiri-Erewa replied to the tweet, expressing the willingness of the government to bring home the stranded Nigerians if they meet NIDCOM's requirements at such a critical time.

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The NIDCOM boss also explained in another report that the Nigerian missions in other countries had been instructed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to compile lists of nationals who have indicated interest to return home.

This directive from the ministry was revealed on Friday, April 3, by Dabiri-Erewa who said that the move became necessary after Nigerians stranded abroad made a request to this effect following the spread of coronavirus.

However, she made it clear that the financial implications will be borne by the prospective evacuees, adding that they must be quarantined upon their return. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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