- Channels TV has reported that an aircraft bringing Nigerians from Dubai went back after a pregnant passenger went into labour
- With the situation, the arrival time of the plane at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport will be 7 pm as against 3 pm
- The same media noted that over 4,000 Nigerians are stuck abroad and waiting to be brought back home amid Covid-19 outbreak
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A chartered plane conveying Nigerian returnees from the United Arab Emirates has made a U-turn after a pregnant woman reportedly went into labour.
The development was made known by the chairman of the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The earlier scheduled arrival of the plane was 3 pm. With the latest development, it will now be expected at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at 7 pm.
It was also gathered that the first batch of Nigerians stuck abroad since the outbreak of coronavirus is expected to come in today.
The foreign ministry said that discussions are ongoing with British Airways to airlift 300 Nigerians from London on Friday, May 8, while there are talks with Ethiopian airlines to make a flight from New York to Abuja on Monday, May 11.
It should be noted that over 4,000 Nigerians are awaiting evacuation across the world back home, according to foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.
On arrival, the Nigerians will be expected to go into self-isolation and facilities in both Lagos and Abuja have been inspected for that purpose.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerians stranded in the United Kingdom expressed great frustration over how their evacuation is being delayed by the federal government.
The Nigerians said that the government does not have the right to keep its citizens out of the country for whatever reason.
In a statement released on Sunday, April 26, by Olajoke Adesipe, a representative of the Nigerians, most of them are negative for coronavirus.
The Nigerians, therefore, appealed to Geoffrey Onyeama, the minister of foreign affairs, to urgently come rescue them.
“The action of the Federal Government shutting its airports against Nigerians in overseas is contrary to section14 (2) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” they said.
The stranded Nigerians asked the government to give them details on when they would be airlifted, the airlines that would do that and how much they would be paying for their flights.
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They also gave ideas on how they could be contained when they arrive in the country, telling the government how they could go about it.
“Since most of us on the platform have tested Negative for COVID-19, on arrival in Nigeria, temperature checks should be conducted to further ascertain our COVID-19 status and the government should allow us to self-quarantine in our various homes.
“We’re more than willing to sign an agreement to this request. If it is a must that we’re isolated by the government, we suggest the use of NYSC orientation camps as all of those centres are vacant now and each state has its own. Most of us do not currently possess the means by which we’re expected to pay for our accommodation at the isolation centres,” they said.
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