- Not fewer than 256 Nigerians evacuated from Dubai, UAE, has arrived Lagos
- The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said the evacuees landed at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Wednesday evening
- The evacuees were scheduled to arrive earlier but their flight had to turn back as one of the passengers went into labour
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Two hundred and fifty-six (256) Nigerians on Wednesday night, May 6, arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, from the United Arab Emirate.
The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this via his official Twitter handle at 8.49pm on Wednesday, May 6.
"The flight conveying 256 Nigerians evacuated from Dubai has landed Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos," the minister tweeted.
In its version of the report, Nigerian Tribune stated that the aircraft that brought them touched down at the airport at 7.40pm.
Legit.ng notes that the Nigerian evacuees had earlier been scheduled to arrive at the airport at 3pm but due to one of the passengers who went into labour, the plane had to make a U-turn to UAE.
"The flight had to return to land. Mother and child are doing very well in hospital," the foreign affairs minister had earlier said.
President Muhammadu Buhari's aide on digital media, Tolu Ogunlesi, noted that the evacuees will go on supervised isolation for 14 days before reuniting with their families.
"They will now all go into 14 days of mandatory, supervised isolation in government-selected hotels. This will apply to the thousands of Nigerians expected to return home in the weeks and months ahead," he tweeted.
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Legit.ng previously reported that the minister of foreign affairs, Onyeama, said almost 4,000 Nigerians across the world are wishing to come back home.
Onyeama reportedly made this known during the daily briefing by the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Monday, May 4.
Onyeama said the first batch of evacuation will commence on Wednesday, May 6 from the United Arab Emirates to Lagos while the second batch will be on Saturday, May 8, from London to Lagos.
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