COVID-19: 270 Indian workers evacuated from Nigeria

COVID-19: 270 Indian workers evacuated from Nigeria

- The Indian government has evacuated the second batch of its nationals from Nigeria

- The Indian citizens were evacuated from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos

- The departed flight was confirmed by the Indian high commission in Nigeria

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The Indian government has evacuated the second batch of its nationals from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

Daily Trust reported that the 270 Indians made the flight with the majority of them being employees of the Dangote Group working at the Dangote refinery.

The departed flight was confirmed by the Indian high commission in Nigeria.

COVID-19: 270 Indian workers evacuated from Nigeria

The Indian nationals were evacuated via a direct flight from Nigeria to India. Photo credits: FRCN
Source: UGC

The commission stated that the second direct flight by Air Peace was made possible following the support of the Nigerian immigration service and the federal ministry of health.

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Meanwhile, Nigerians residing in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Thailand, who have indicated an interest in returning home, have been asked to pay for flight, accommodation and feeding before they can be evacuated.

According to Sahara Reporters, the Nigerian embassies in the three countries informed intending evacuees that they will pay N297,000 each.

Those who failed to pay were told they would not be allowed to board the flight back home.

A document quoted in the report to the Nigerians stated that: “All evacuees going to Nigeria henceforth are to pay for their quarantine, isolation, accommodation centre or hotels before departure and arrival in Nigeria.

In another report, the head of media and public relations unit of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abdur-Rahman Balogun, has said the Lebanese embassy has suspended the issuance of working visas to Nigerians.

He said the decision was made following the video of a Nigerian lady auctioned by a non-Lebanese person on social media.

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Balogun said that the Lebanese ambassador to Nigeria, Houssam Diab, told the chairman of NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, that the embassy suspended the issuance since May 1.

According to Ambassador Diab, 69 out of 79 Nigerians allegedly stranded and abused by their bosses have been evacuated from Lebanon to Nigeria.

In a health-related news report, the Lagos state government has disclosed that three of the 256 Nigerians recently evacuated from Dubai have tested positive for coronavirus.

This was disclosed by the state's commissioner for health, Professor Akin Abayomi, on Sunday morning, May 17, via his official twitter handle.

According to Abayomi, the evacuees who tested positive have been moved to one of the state's isolation centres.

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