An Air Peace Aircraft Conveying the Returning Nigerians at Abuja Airport Friday Night

253 stranded Nigerians in UK arrive Abuja, begin 14-day quarantine

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

About 253 Nigerians said to be stranded in the United Kingdom (UK), following the COVID-19 lockdown have arrived in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

ConsumerConnect reports the nationals arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 7:54 p.m. Friday, May 8 hours after an initial flight from the UK had landed in Lagos State.

In line with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines, the returning Nigerians would be quarantined for 14 days before being allowed to leave for their various destinations across the country.

According to the NCDC, the process is required to ensure the Coronavirus-status of every returnee is ascertained.

Recall that the latest evacuation of stranded Nigerians in the UK happened a few days after the Federal Government successfully, evacuated the first batch of 256 Nigerians who arrived in Lagos from Dubai via an Emirates Airline flight.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has disclosed that over 4,000 Nigerians are waiting to be evacuated across the world back home.

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

“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 ministry said.

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