Coronavirus: Turkey evacuates 80 citizens from Nigeria

Coronavirus: Turkey evacuates 80 citizens from Nigeria

- The Turkish embassy in Abuja has confirmed the airlifting of 80 of the country's citizens back home from Nigeria

- The embassy shared a brief message and pictures of the evacuation on its social media on Saturday, April 25

- Turkey joins several other western countries that have evacuated their citizens to safety amid the rising coronavirus cases and casualties in Nigeria

The government of Turkey has evacuated no fewer than 80 of its citizens who had been stranded in Nigeria due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Turkish embassy in Abuja confirmed the airlifting of the Turks in a brief message on its social media page on Saturday, April 25.

The message read: "Due to the fight against the COVID-19 attack, a total of 80 citizens who could not return to our country from Nigeria today (25 April) have been sent to our country today (April 25th)." [Translated]

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Turkey is not the only country to have evacuated its citizens from Nigeria since the index case of the coronavirus was confirmed in the country in late February.

The Lebanese government evacuated a batch of 140 of its nationals from Nigeria via the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos on Sunday, April 5.

According to reports, the Lebanese nationals were flown out of the country after going through screening.

The aircraft which flew into the country under humanitarian operations departed in the evening of Sunday.

The United States of America evacuated 850 of its citizens from Nigeria over the rampaging coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.

Specifically, the repatriation flights were concluded on Wednesday, April 8, with the evacuation of 281 Americans.

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On its Facebook page, the US Embassy appreciated the efforts of the Nigerian authorities in the repatriation.

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According to the post on Facebook, the repatriated citizens have been united with their families.

Just days ago, the United Kingdom evacuated some of its citizens in Nigeria for the fourth time as the country's cases of coronavirus increased.

A batch of passengers who left for the UK went through the departure processes at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

The British high commission in Nigeria confirmed the latest evacuation on its Twitter page with the handle @UKinNigeria.

Legit.ng notes that since the evacuation of foreigners began in Nigeria following the outbreak and spread of coronavirus, no fewer than 1,739 foreign nationals had been evacuated from the country through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos as at Wednesday, April 8.

The regional manager, southwest airport, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Victoria Shin-Aba, revealed this at the Lagos airport.

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