COVID-19: 268 Stranded Nigerians in China land in Abuja

COVID-19: 268 Stranded Nigerians in China land in Abuja

- Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) announces the return of 268 stranded Nigerians from China

- The passengers arrived at the Abuja airport in the afternoon of Saturday, May 30

- The Nigerians are to be quarantined for 14 days as dictated by the various health authorities

A total of 268 Nigerians who had been stranded in China as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic were on Saturday, May 30, evacuated.

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A video posted by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), headed by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, showed the moment the stranded Nigerians disembarked from the aircraft that brought them to their country of origin. learnt that the passengers landed in the afternoon of Saturday, May 30, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the nation's capital, at exactly 2.30 pm.

The evacuees are to spend the next 14 days quarantined as stipulated by the authorities and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The government did not give further details apart from the announcement of their arrival and plan to quarantine them.

Nigerians and some other Africans in China recently raised an alarm over the way they were being treated by the citizens of the country.

According to them, they had been accused of bringing back coronavirus to the country where the disease that has killed multiples of thousands originated from.

For example, a recent reported by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) stated that the Nigerian and African citizens in China complained that they had been evicted from their apartments and hotels.

According to the report, the action was carried out in China's southern city of Guangzhou by local health officials, who, it was said, rolled out a testing campaign for Covid-19.

In a related development, had recently reported that 256 Nigerians on Wednesday night, May 6, arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, from the United Arab Emirate as part of the government's plan to evacuate citizens stranded across the world.

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The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this via his official Twitter handle at 8.49 pm on Wednesday, May 6.

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