384 stranded Nigerians evacuated from UAE arrive Nigeria

Some Nigerians stranded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today returned to Nigeria after a harrowing experience in Dubai and other Middle East nations.

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission disclosed that 384 Nigerians returned to the country via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from the UAE.

The returnees are part of the 802 Nigerians stranded in Saudi Arabia that the Nigerian government had promised would be evacuated to Nigeria on Thursday and Friday.

Stranded Nigerians return home from UAE

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that the second batch would arrive in the country on Friday and would be received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by the ministry’s officials.

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A statement said, “They (returnees) will be quarantined at the FCT Hajj camp for a period of 14 days in line with established COVID-19 protocols. Thereafter, the ministry will facilitate their movement to their respective home destinations.”

Announcing the return of the first batch, NIDCOM said out of the 384 returnees, 300 are males while 83 are females with one infant whose gender the Commission didn’t disclose.

NIDCOM said on Twitter, “384 Returnees (300 Males, 83 Females and one Infant) of the 802 Stranded Nigerians in UAE just arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja via Saudi Air flight B773 at about 1:10 pm local time today 28th January 2021.”

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