Coronavirus: 300 stranded Nigerians arrive Abuja from UAE

At least 300 Nigerians have arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from the United Arab Emirates, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has said.

The Nigerians arrived Abuja on Friday via Emirates Airline as part of the Federal Government’s efforts to rescue nationals abroad stranded due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

“300 Stranded Nigerians in UAE landed in Abuja, Nigeria today, Friday 19th June 2020 via @emirates,” NIDCOM tweeted.

“All evacuees are to go on compulsory 14 days SELF ISOLATION according to the new Protocol by the Presidential Task Force on #Covid_19.”

NIDCOM Chairman/CEO, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also tweeted saying the evacuees tested negative for coronavirus before boarding the plane.

“They will be tested again at an ⁦@NCDCgov⁩ facility while on a 14 day compulsory self-isolation as directed by the ⁦@DigiCommsNG,” she added.

At least 56 Nigerians had earlier in the day arrived Abuja from Pakistan.