COVID-19: 265 Nigerians arrive Lagos from Dubai

* Plane from Dubai makes U-Turn as a pregnant passenger goes into labour on flight

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Amid the novel Coronavirus epidemic currently distressing the global economy, Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry has revealed that 265 Nigerians arrived in Lagos from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) 7.00p.m. Nigerian time Wednesday, May 6.

ConsumerConnect gathered that the plane, which was initially scheduled to arrive at 3 p.m. later touched down at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), had confirmed to Channels TV, that the plane had to make a U-Turn after a pregnant woman reportedly went into labour on flight.

Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, was also reported to have confirmed the U-Turn during his speech at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, FCT, Wednesday, May 6.

“One of the passengers, a lady, had a baby on the flight, or went into labour,” Onyeama said.

“So, the plane had to turn back. And I am happy to say mother and child are doing well in the hospital. And the arrival time has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. this evening,” he affirmed.

Some of the Nigerian returnees at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Wednesday night. 

Earlier, Ferdinand Nwonye, Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement Tuesday, May 5, had disclosed that the Emirates Airlines tasked with the evacuation arrangement is scheduled to arrive at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

Recall that Geoffrey Onyeama, Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Monday, May 4 had stated that over 4,000 Nigerians around the world are waiting to be evacuated back  home.

According to Onyeama, discussions continue with the British Airways to evacuate 300 Nigerians from London Friday, May 8.

Arrangements are being made with Ethiopian Airlines to evacuate Nigerians from New York to Abuja next Monday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

The Dubai evacuation, it further disclosed, is being carried out in accordance with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines.

In the meantime, such evacuees will be required to undergo a mandatory 14-day supervised quarantine environment upon arrival in Nigeria.

Arrangements have been made for hotel accommodations in Lagos and Abuja, which will be used to quarantine the incoming fellow citizens.

According to the Ministry, the hotels have been inspected by the “Port Health Services, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Office of the National Security Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IPC,”

The hotels include: 1.) Bolingo – 300 rooms; 2.) App Apartments – 61 rooms; 3.) Royalty – 80 rooms; 4.) China International – 200 rooms; 5.) Belvior – 30 rooms; and 6.) Barcelona – 300 rooms.

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