- About 170 Nigerians have returned from the UAE
- According to reports, their flights were paid by the UAE government
- All those who returned tested negative to the coronavirus
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Another 170 Nigerians have returned home after sojourn abroad. The new arrival, according to Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), arrived from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday, August 14.
Their flights were paid by the UAE government. NiDCOM revealed that the UAE government offered free flights to Nigerians whose documentation had expired.
Going further, it added that all the arrivals tested negative for the corona]ovirus. However, despite their status, they have now gone on self-isolation.
"170 stranded Nigerians on Fly Dubai paid for by the UAE govt this evening arrived the MMIA Lagos from the United Arab Emirates, today Friday, 14th of August, 2020.
"The UAE government offered three free flights to Nigerians in Dubai whose documentation expired since March 1st and have been given till August 17 to leave the country.
"All evacuees tested Negative to #COVID__19 and are now on a 14-day SELF-ISOLATION as mandated by NCDC," NiDCOM wrote on its Twitter page.
This comes after Legit.ng reported that a total of 2, 933 Nigerians evacuees returned from the UAE on Wednesday, August 12, while 292 others were repatriated.
Legit.ng had also 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.
In another development, Legit.ng 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.
Apart from blacklisting Nigerians from applying for jobs in Dubai, the latter was also reported to also be denying Nigerians tourist visa.
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