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COVID-19: 265 stranded Nigerians arrive from Dubai



THE Foreign Affairs Ministry has said 265 Nigerians will arrive in Lagos from Dubai today amid the coronavirus pandemic.

   Spokesperson of the minister, Ferdinand Nwonye, said that Emirates Airlines bringing them will arrive Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos by noon.

  This corroborates foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama’s statement on Monday that over 4,000 Nigerians are waiting to be evacuated across the world back home.

  Discussions are also ongoing with British Airways to evacuate 300 Nigerians from London on Friday.

  Additionally, arrangements are being made with Ethiopian airlines to evacuate Nigerians from New York to Abuja next Monday, the foreign ministry said.

  The ministry added that the Dubai evacuation is being carried out in accordance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines.

  Evacuees will be required to undergo a mandatory 14-day supervised quarantine environment.

  The ministry said it has made arrangements for hotel accommodations in Lagos and Abuja, which will be used to quarantine the incoming citizens.

The hotels have been inspected by the “Port Health Services, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Office of the National Security Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IPC,” the foreign ministry said.

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