312 stranded Nigerians arrives from Sudan, S/Africa
Some 312 stranded Nigerians have arrived the country from Sudan and South Africa respectively.
According to the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), 145 stranded Nigerians have arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 12.45pm local time.
The evacuees landed Nigeria via Air Sudan on Friday, 26th June, 2020.
NIDCOM Chairman, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa said that all evacuees will proceed on 14 days self-isolation.
Hon. Dabiri-Erewa explained that the 14 days self-isolation was mandated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
She noted that NCDC stipulated the ruled in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Health and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19.
The Commission also confirmed that all 145 evacuees tested Negative to Covid-19 before departure from Khartoum today.
Some stranded Nigerian students in Sudan had, on March 18, prior to the lockdown occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, raised alarm over their plight in the country.
Senator Shehu Sani disclosed that many Nigerian students were stranded.
Their conditioned following a directive by the Government of Sudan to shut down borders as well as schools across the country.
Taking to his Twitter handle after he “got many distress calls”, Senator Sani tweeted:
“The Government of Sudan has shut its borders, schools have been closed and students told to vacate their hostels.
Many Nigerian students are now stuck and stranded. I got many distress calls.
However, foreign ministry is engaging their Govt to get our students back #CoronaVirusNigeria.”
Their pleas to the Federal Government for intervention on their behalf materialised on Friday.
See below NIDCOM tweet confirming the evacuation:
145 Nigerians arrives Nnamdi Azikiwe Int’l Airport, Abuja at about 12.45pm loca time via Air Sudan today, Friday, 26th June, 2020.
— Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (@nidcom_gov) June 26, 2020
From South Africa to Sudan
In an earlier development, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission also confirmed that 167 Nigerians stranded in South Africa arrived the Abuja International Airport.
NIDCOM reported that the evacuees arrived Abuja at exactly 9:10pm Local time on Thursday.
They arrived Nigeria via Air Peace flight 5N-BVE from Johannesburg.
The Commission also confirmed that all evacuees tested negative to Covid-19 before departure from Johannesburg.
It was gathered that 45 out of the 167 evacuees disembarked Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
167 Nigerians stranded in South Africa have arrived Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport at exactly 9:10pm Local time on Airpeace flight 5N-BVE from Johannesburg.
— Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (@nidcom_gov) June 25, 2020
At about 9:50 pm, the plane left for Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, where 122 evacuees disembarked.
They also proceeded on 14 days self-isolation as mandated by NCDC, Ministry of Health and Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Recall that Nigeria had also evacuated Nigerians in South Africa under emergency.
Following xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Nigerians in South Africa, the Proprietor of Air Peace Airlines had evacuated Nigerians from the country.
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