On Wednesday, one Mrs. Kafayat Amusan, went into labour aboard an Emirates airplane repatriating 265 Nigerians from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, thereby forcing the plane to make a return.
She was delivered of a baby boy onboard, 30 minutes after the plane departed Dubai for Lagos.
Amusan was admitted to a hospital in Dubai, while the other 264 passengers were moved to another airplane, which was expected to arrive Lagos 7pm on Wednesday
In a statement, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, congratulated Amusan for another addition to her family and prayed for her safe return to the country.
Dabiri-Erewa said the new mother would return to Nigeria after obtaining a birth certificate and other necessary travel documents for her baby.
She stated, “A Nigerian lady, Mrs Kafayat Amusan, one of the stranded Nigerian travelers returning from Dubai, has been delivered of a baby boy onboard Emirates airline departing to Lagos on Wednesday.
“She put to bed onboard the plane, 30 minutes after departure, which resulted in the plane returning back to Dubai after take-off. She is currently on admission at a hospital in Dubai.”
“The Nigerian Ambassador in Dubai, Ambassador Rimi and staff of the embassy are in touch with the mother and child, who are in good condition,” a statement by NiDCOM spokesman, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said.