- A Nigerian woman returning from Dubai on a government-assisted evacuation exercise, gives birth to a boy aboard a flight
- The announcement was made by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, which says the plane had to make a u-turn
- The woman and her baby boy are fine and will return to Nigeria after some new processes are followed
There was initial confusion, then sudden joy as one of the stranded Nigerians being evacuated to the country from Dubai amid COVID-19 put to bed aboard a flight.
The woman, whose name was given as Kafayat Amusan, was on a journey with other Nigerians being assisted to return to Lagos by the federal government when the incident happened.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) said this in a statement it released in the evening of Wednesday, May 6.
"Nigerian lady, Mrs Kafayat Amusan, one of the stranded Nigerians travellers, returning from Dubai, UAE, has been delivered of a baby boy onboard Emirates airline departing to Lagos.
"She put to bed onboard the plane 30 minutes after departure, which resulted in the plane returning back to Dubai after take-off," the statement said.
"The chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa congratulated Mrs Amusan for another addition in her family and prayed she return safely to the country," the statement added.
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Dabiri-Erewa disclosed that the woman will return to Nigeria after obtaining a birth certificate and other necessary travel documents for her boy.
Legit.ng had reported that a chartered plane conveying Nigerian returnees from the United Arab Emirates suddenly made a U-turn after a pregnant woman went into labour.
At this time, though the development was made known by Dabiri-Erewa, the woman's identity was yet to be known.
The plane was 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.
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