- About 2,933 have returned from the UAE
- Meanwhile, 292 others have been repatriated
- All those who returned tested negative to the coronavirus
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A total of 2, 933 Nigerians evacuees returned from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday, while 292 others were repatriated.
The twitter handle of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Twitte@nidcom_gov, reported that the evacuees returned to Nigeria via an Emirate flight.
“@emirates flight with 292 Evacuees arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 1430HRS from the United Arab Emirates today, Wednesday, August 12, bringing the total number of evacuees from the UAE to 2,933.
“All evacuees tested Negative to #COVID-19 and will now proceed on a 14-day SELF-ISOLATION as mandated by Nigeria Center for Diease Contro (@NCDCgov).”'
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the UAE has denied restricting Nigerians from travelling to their country. The country in a statement posted on its embassy Twitter handle in Nigeria said it made this clarification after reports surfaced on social media concerning the issue.
UAE noted that truly, there was a restriction as a result of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic but this has now been lifted and countries have been allowed into the country.
The country claimed the issue of Nigerians not gaining access to the UAE was due to the closure of Nigeria's airspace.
Legit.ng had also reported that companies in Dubai have started excluding Nigerian applicants from vacancies after Ramon Olorunwa Abass popularly known as Hushpuppi was arrested in the United Arab Emirates.
Recall that Hushpuppi and other Nigerians were arrested for fraud in Dubai and extradited to the United States.
Legit.ng sighted some jobs advertised online and open to candidates of every nationality except Nigerians.
Apart from blacklisting Nigerians from applying for jobs in Dubai, the latter was also reported to also be denying Nigerians tourist visa.
In a letter sighted by Legit.ng, the UAE made it known that Nigerian passport holders are not permitted to obtain a tourism visa to the country in the meantime.
The letter read in part: "Dear Applicant, Thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately, your visa application has been rejected as Nigerian passport holders are not permitted to obtain a tourism visa to the UAE in the meantime."
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