- Some Nigerian citizens who were stranded in North Africa because of the pandemic coronavirus disease have returned home
- The Nigerians arrived in the federal capital, Abuja aboard an Egypt Air flight
- The government said tests show that all the returnees are not infected with the COVID-19 virus
The Federal Government of Nigeria has evacuated not fewer than 212 citizens from the North African country of Egypt.
The government confirmed the evacuation in an announcement made by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on its official Twitter handle on Friday, July 31.
According to NIDCOM, the Nigerians returned aboard an Egypt Air flight at about 1.50 pm Nigerian time.
The commission also shared pictures of the flight when it touched ground at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
NIDCOM also confirmed that all the returnees tested negative for the COVID-19 virus that is ravaging the globe.
They will, however, still proceed on self-isolation for some days.
"All Evacuees tested Negative to #COVID19 before boarding and will now proceed on a 14-day SELF-ISOLATION as mandated Presidential Task Force on #COVID-19," the tweet read.
Just on Thursday, July 30, Legit.ng reported that as countries continue to battle with the coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian government is doing all it can to bring back nationals stranded in other countries due to the lockdown.
No fewer than 289 Nigerians returned from the United States, touching down at the same Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja on Wednesday, July 29.
Their arrival was announced by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on its official Twitter handle.
Before the latest evacuation, about 134 Nigerians, who had been stranded in Sudan, also returned to the country.
According to reports, the stranded Nigerians arrived at the Abuja international airport at about 10:00 am on Sunday, July 19.
This was also disclosed by NIDCOM in a tweet.
Legit.ng notes that the evacuation announced on Friday brings the total number of citizens evacuated from abroad by the Nigerian government to about 7,000.
Just days ago, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of NIDOCM revealed on Tuesday, July 21, during a briefing in Abuja that at least 6, 317 Nigerians had been successfully evacuated by government.
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