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Nigeria evacuates 292 from Saudi Arabia



THE Federal Government has evacuated 292 Nigerians who were stranded in Saudi Arabia due to the lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The flight conveying the evacuees arrived late yesterday at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

Their arrival was announced today morning by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, on his official Twitter handle.

According to him, a large number of the evacuees are nursing mothers and children.

“We received 292 evacuees stranded in Saudi Arabia yesterday. The Saudi Government transported them to Abuja. A large number are nursing mothers and children and they are all comfortably settled in hotels under the mandatory 14 days quarantine. #COVID19 #PTFCOVID19,” Onyeama tweeted.

The Federal Government, as part of its efforts to evacuate Nigerians who are stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic evacuated no fewer than 300 Nigerians from the UK about two weeks ago.

A total of 160 Nigerians were also evacuated from the United States and 256 others from Dubai.

The Consulate-General of Nigeria in New York announced the plan to evacuate in Nigerians from United States today.

According to him, the plane is expected to land at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on May 10 at 11:15 a.m.

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