The 256 Nigerians who were earlier today evacuated from the United Arab Emirates UAE to Nigeria due to the Coronavirus pandemic have arrived Nigeria.
The chartered aircraft that conveyed them touched down the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos at about 7pm this evening. They are currently being checked and will be immediately moved to an Isolation center in Lagos where they will be kept for 14 days.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, confirmed their arrival.
“The flight conveying 256 Nigerians evacuated from Dubai has landed Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos,” he said.
The returnees had been scheduled to arrive at the airport at 3.00 p.m. but one of the passengers went into labour.
A press statement from NIDCOm read, “A Nigerian lady, Mrs Kafayat Amusan, one of the stranded Nigerians travellers, returning from Dubai, UAE, has been delivered of a baby boy on board Emirates airline departing to Lagos.”
The Chairman of NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also confirmed the evacuees’ arrival in Lagos.
She also congratulated Amusan for another addition in her family and prayed she return safely to the country.
“Welcome home! They will be proceeding to a location for compulsory isolation. All 256 tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding from Dubai,” she added.
Other Nigerians are expected to be evacuated within the next few days.
According to Onyeama, over 4,000 Nigerians are waiting to be evacuated across the world back home.