296 More Nigerians Arrive In Abuja From UK

A picture published by the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission on August 15, 2020, showing Nigerian evacuees from the UK arriving at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport in Abuja.
A picture published by the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission on August 15, 2020, showing Nigerian evacuees from the UK arriving at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport in Abuja.

 

At least 296 persons have arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja from the United Kingdom, the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) said on Saturday.

The evacuees flew in from the Gatwick Airport in London via an Air Peace flight, NIDCOM said in a tweet.

 

The Diaspora Commission added that all 296 will now proceed on a 14-day self-isolation as mandated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

About 327 Nigerians also arrived from the UK on August 7

Thousands of stranded Nigerians have been brought back home by the Federal Government since the coronavirus pandemic disrupted travel operations across the world.

In July, NIDCOM Chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said 6,317 Nigerians have been evacuated from abroad.

324 Nigerians Evacuated By FG Arrive In Abuja From US

The stranded Nigerians at the Newark Airport, New Jersey are being expected into the country July 18, 2020. Credit: Geoffrey Onyeama
The stranded Nigerians at the Newark Airport, New Jersey were expected in the country on July 18, 2020. Credit: Geoffrey Onyeama

 

The 324 Nigerians evacuated by the Federal Government from the United States have landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Channels Television can confirm.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama announced their departure from Newark Airport, New Jersey, on Twitter Saturday morning.

In his earlier tweet, Onyeama noted that the flight left the American soil on Friday and is due to arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at about 15:35 pm Saturday.

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Channels Television confirmed their arrival Saturday afternoon.

The flight is part of efforts to bring back stranded Nigerians abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of Nigerians have been evacuated back home from across the world since the pandemic disrupted world travel.

In early June, the Federal Government said it has spent N169 million on the evacuation of Nigerians returning from overseas.

At least two more evacuation flights are expected from the country on July 28 and 31 respectively, Onyeama said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, 212 Nigerians are also expected to arrive Abuja on Saturday via Turkish Airlines from Cyprus, the Minister added in a later tweet.

“Some of the evacuees are Nigerian students from Cyprus, Nigerian professionals in Turkey, and few Nigerian professional footballers,” Onyeama said.

 

Another 329 Stranded Nigerians Arrive Lagos From UK

A file photo showing some stranded Nigerians who returned to the country recently. Twitter: @nidcom_gov

 

A flight conveying 329 stranded Nigerians in the United Kingdom has arrived at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) said on Tuesday.

Earlier, 261 stranded Nigerians had arrived at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja at exactly 7 pm, according to NIDCOM.

The Lagos flight landed at “exactly 8 pm,” the diaspora commission said in a tweet.

“This brings to 590 the total passengers evacuated from the UK today,” the tweet added.

“All Evacuees tested Negative to #COVID19 before boarding and are now on a 14-day SELF-ISOLATION as mandated PTF on #COVID-19.”

NIDCOM said the flight was operated as a partnership between Air Peace and Air Wamos, a Spanish airline headquartered in Madrid.

The flights are part of efforts to bring back stranded Nigerians abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of Nigerians have been evacuated back home from across the world since the pandemic disrupted world travel.

In early June, the federal government said it has spent N169 million on the evacuation of Nigerians returning from overseas.

Since then, hundreds more have been returned to the country.

On July 4, at least 109 Nigerians stranded in India were welcomed back into the country.

261 Stranded Nigerians Arrive Abuja From UK

FILE PHOTO: An Air Peace aircraft evacuating Nigerians from India arrives in Abuja on July 4, 2020. Photo: [email protected]_gov

 

A flight conveying 261 stranded Nigerians from the United Kingdom has landed at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja.

The Nigerian in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) confirmed this in a tweet on Monday.

 

According to NIDCOM, the Air Peace flight operated by Wamos Air Partner, landed in Abuja at exactly 7pm.

“All evacuees tested Negative to #COVID19 before boarding and are now on a 14-day SELF-ISOLATION as mandated PTF on #COVID-19,” the NIDCOM tweet added.

The flight is part of efforts to bring back stranded Nigerians abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of Nigerians have been evacuated back home from across the world since the pandemic disrupted world travel.

In early June, the federal government said it has spent N169 million on the evacuation of Nigerians returning from overseas.

Since then, hundreds more have been returned to the country.

On July 4, at least 109 Nigerians stranded in India were welcomed back into the country.

Planned Evacuation Of Nigerians Will Begin This Week – Dabiri-Erewa

 

The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has announced that the planned evacuation of Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom, the United States of America (USA) amongst other countries will begin this week.

Mrs. Dabiri- Erewa made the disclosure on Monday through her Twitter handle.

She said, “Planned evacuation of Nigerians begins from this week. UAE. UK. USA etc.

“All applicants should please check with the various missions for updates and protocols to abide by. May the Lord heal the world”

NIDCOM also noted that those returning to the country will have 14 days of compulsory isolation upon arrival.

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The Nigerian Government had announced that it had concluded plans to evacuate about 270 Nigerians willing to go home from the United States.

This was disclosed in a statement dated May 3 from the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York.

The consulate explained that a one-way flight has been arranged for the evacuation of stranded Nigerians in the US and would take off on Sunday night.

It added that the flight operated by Ethiopian Airlines with a 270-passenger capacity would evacuate travellers at their expense and the returnees would fly economy class.

According to the statement, the flight will depart for Abuja from Newark (EWR) Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, United States, and is expected to arrive at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Monday next week.

It also revealed that over 700 citizens have registered with the Nigerian Missions in the US to be evacuated but only 270 people would be accommodated.

The consulate stressed that applications to be evacuated would be considered on a ‘first-come, first-served basis while the list of evacuees would be treated according to their immigration status.

It said those who have proofs of short-stay visas, the elderly, families with children, and returning students would also be given special attention.