- The Lagos state government has been alerted about the return of 24 Nigerians from Togo
- Health official in Togo revealed that of the 24 Nigerians, one has tested positive for coronavirus
- The Nigerian returnees are expected to be moved to the isolation centre Yaba for further monitoring
As many Nigerians in diaspora agitate to be evacuated to their homeland over the fear of coronavirus, about 24 citizens from many parts of the world have arrived Seme border in Togo.
This was revealed by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in the morning of Sunday, April 12.
The Nigerian returnees were said to have landed in Lome on board an aircraft of Ethiopian Airlines two weeks ago.
According to an official of the Port Health Services (PHS) in Seme, one of the 24 persons have tested positive for the disease and has been detained by the Togolese government.
Speaking further, the PHS staff said that the rest returnees were isolated for fourteen days but that tests conducted on them for the virus proved negative.
The operative told journalists that the Lagos state ministry has been informed of the situation and the need for the Nigerians to be taken to the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba for more tests.
The official said: “We have informed officials of Lagos State Ministry of Health and they are on their way to Seme border to evacuate the returnees to Yaba for more examination on COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that 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 the chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
Dabiri-Erewa explained that this 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.
Also, according to the head of media and public relations unit in NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, interested Nigerians should inform the embassies in their countries of residence about their intention to return to their country.
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