- 246 Nigerians have been safely repatriated back home amid global Covid-19 crisis
- The Nigerian returnees' flight arrived the country from the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday
- NIDCOM said the government of the UAE paid for flight and testing fees of the evacuees
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), said the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government paid for the flight tickets of 246 Nigerians repatriated from the country.
Sharing the pleasant news via her Twitter page, the NIDCOM chairman further disclosed that the 246 Nigerians were evacuated from the country on Wednesday, July 8.
She stated that UAE also paid for the test fees, adding that the returnees' flight arrived Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at exactly 3:30.
"More Nigerians returned. Another evacuation flight today arrived Lagos about 3.30 pm with a total of 246 onboard Emirates The UAE govt paid for tickets and cost of covid 19 tests for 131 of the evacuees.
"A big thank you to the Nigerian Mission in Dubai and the UAE government," Abike-Dabiri disclosed on Wednesday.
Earlier, a post on NIDCOM page announced the arrival of the Nigerian returnees, saying they were evacuated through the Emirates flight back home.
"246 Evacuees arrive Murtala Muhammed Int’l Airport, Lagos at exactly 3:30 pm local time via Emirates from UAE today, Wednesday 8th of July, 2020.
"A big thank you to the Nigerian Mission in Dubai and the UAE government for paying for the flight. Tickets and the cost of COVID-19 test for 131 evacuees.
"All Evacuees tested Negative to COVID19 and will now proceed on 14 days SELF-ISOLATION as mandated PTF on COVID-19."
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In related news, Legit.ng reported that 238 Nigerians stranded in Turkey have been safely repatriated back to the country on Sunday, July, 5, amid Covid-19 pandemic currently ravaging the world.
According to the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), the returnees' flight landed at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja at exactly 2:45. In a tweet by the commission announcing the arrival of the returnees, NIDCOM stated that they all tested negative to Covid-19.
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