256 Nigerians evacuated from Dubai, United Arab Emirates have arrived Nigeria and will now undergo 14 days isolation.
The Nigerians were received by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. The returnees arrived at the international wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, on Wednesday night.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, had announced that the evacuation was being carried out in accordance with NCDC guidelines.In a tweet on Wednesday night, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the returnees would be taken in for isolation despite testing negative to Coronavirus.
“They will be proceeding to a location for compulsory isolation. All 256 tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding from Dubai,” she tweeted. One of the returnees had earlier given birth to a baby mid-air. Over 4,000 Nigerians are waiting to be evacuated across the world with British Airways billed to evacuate 300 Nigerians from London, United Kingdom, on Friday.
Also, Ethiopian Airlines would evacuate another set of Nigerians from New York, United States, to Abuja on Monday.