Evacuation: 317 land Nigeria from London
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has announced the successful evacuation of 317 Nigerians including 9 infants from London to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
NIDCOM Chairman/CEO, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa announced this on its Twitter handle on Sunday;
According to NIDCOM, the flight touched down at about 9:50pm local time, today, Sunday, 28th June, 2020.
They landed via Air Peace flight P47801 from Heathrow, London, after some delay before takeoff.
NIDCOM noted that 175 passengers will disembark in Abuja while 142 will proceed to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
It added that all evacuees tested Negative to COVID19 which is one of the conditions for evacuation.
They will, however, proceed on 14 days self-isolation as mandated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The mandate was also endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
Watch video of the evacuation exercise below:
317 Nigerians including 9 infants arrives Nnamdi Azikiwe Int’l Airport, Abuja at about 9:50pm local time via Air Peace flight P47801 from Heathrow @HeathrowAirport London, today, Sunday, 28th June, 2020 after some delay before takeoff. pic.twitter.com/y2UcRlf0Ue
— Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (@nidcom_gov) June 28, 2020
It could be recalled that ElombahNews reported on June 28 that the Consulate General of Nigeria located in New York, the United States of America, alerted its citizens of a similar move.
The Consulate General alerted citizens regarding the third evacuation flight of its citizens from the country to Nigeria.
This was contained in an unsigned public notice issued on June 24, 2020,
According to the notice, the Federal Government of Nigeria approved a 3rd evacuation flight for stranded Nigerians in the USA.
The flight will be through Ethiopian Airlines.
It will depart Newark liberty International Airport, New Jersey on Friday, July 17 and land Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Saturday, July 18, 2020.
All prospective evacuees that are duly registered with any of the three Nigerian Missions in the USA, are advised to purchase their one-way tickets.
Meanwhile, the Federal government just successfully evacuated 265 Nigerians stuck in Dubai, United Arab Emirate.
The first batch of Nigerians arrived in Lagos from Dubai on an Emirates Airline flight.
The Emirates flight is expected to be the first of at least two other flights scheduled to evacuate Nigerians within the next few days.
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