Air of relief as Nigeria returns 86 stranded citizens abroad

Air of relief as Nigeria returns 86 stranded citizens abroad

- Nigeria announces the evacuation of 86 citizens from an unnamed country using the Air Sudan

- Abike Dabiri-Erewa, head of a government agency in charge of Nigerians in diaspora, confirms the development

Dabiri-Erewa adds that even though the evacuees have tested negative to COVID-19, they will still be isolated

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Nigeria, on Friday, July 3, announced that it has successfully returned 86 of its stranded citizens abroad. They arrived Abuja aboard Air Sudan.

The announcement was made by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the government official who heads the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM).

Dabiri-Erewa disclosed that the returnees have all tested negative to coronavirus, but that as it is mandated that they do, they will now proceed to a 14-day isolation period.

Dabiri-Erewa's position confirmed an earlier announcement by her commission on the arrival of the stranded Nigerians.

Though there was no official mention of the particular country they were arriving from, the development comes barely 24 hours after Abike Dabiri-Erewa, released an update about the Nigerian travellers stranded in Kenya and Uganda.

On her Twitter page on Wednesday, July 1, she said that the Nigerians were flown by Air Peace as she welcomed them home.

Abike attached a picture showing the Nigerians aboard the plane.

The evacuation of Nigerians stranded in foreign countries increased with the emergence of COVID-19, a virus that is seriously threatening the world.

In May 2020, Amid ravaging the COVID-19 crisis, Nigerians stranded in the United Kingdom due to a lockdown imposed by the latter, were repatriated back home.

The Nigerian returnees, whose plane arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 13:45 pm on Friday, May 8, will, however, be lifted to Abuja.

The government also, in June 2020, announced that it was evacuating 15 Nigerians in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Estonia are currently being evacuated.

NIDCOM, which made the disclosure on Thursday, June 18, said Air France flight departed Paris to evacuate the Nigerians.

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According to NIDCOM, those that are being evacuated registered for the evacuation with the Nigerian Missions in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Estonia.

A day after, Nigerian evacuees from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, arrived in Abuja due to the federal government's efforts.

The disclosure was made by Dabiri-Erewa.

As the deadly coronavirus cases increase globally, Nigerians abroad have been indicating interest to return to the country and the federal government has been responding to their request.

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