- The second batch of Nigerians stranded in Saudi Arabia, 419 of them, have been repatriated back to Nigeria
- The returnees, however, caused a scene at the airport as they reportedly refused to be quarantined
- The first batch of the stranded Nigerians had arrived Abuja on Thursday, January 28, with no reported drama
About 419 Nigerians who were on Friday, January 29, repatriated from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have reportedly rejected the plan to have them quarantined in line with the COVID-19 guidelines.
According to TVC, the development caused heated arguments between the returnees and the officials of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport.
The first batch of 348 stranded Nigerians in Saudi Arabia arrived Abuja on Thursday, January 28, and are believed to be undergoing 14-day quarantine.
Amid COVID-19, NCDC confirms new infectious disease in this state, 20 deaths recorded out of 200 cases
In line with the COVID-19 guidelines, the returnees are expected to isolate for 14 days before reuniting with their families if they did not test positive for the infectious disease.
Amid the second wave of the virus, Nigeria now has 127,560 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 101,511 recoveries and 1,550 deaths.
FG targets lockdown in some states
Meanwhile, there is a strong possibility that the federal government will impose another lockdown in states like Lagos, Kaduna, Abuja, and Plateau anytime soon.
This was revealed on Friday, January 29, by the national incident manager of the Presidential Task Force for COVID-19, Mukhtar Muhammed.
Muhammed disclosed that urban local government areas in these states have continued to record an increase in new infections.
FG says vaccines will arrive Nigeria in March 2021
The federal government has also assured Nigerians that the COVID-19 vaccines will arrive the country before the end of the first quarter of the year 2021.
This was also disclosed by the national incident manager of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Dr Muhammad who was a guest on a Channels Television programme on Thursday, January 28 stated that the government is doing its best to get enough vaccines.