First Batch of Stranded Nigerians in USA Arrives Nigeria

Not less than 160 Nigerians stranded in the United States of America due to the coronavirus pandemic, have arrived in Abuja.

The first batch of the evacuees, including eight infants, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, around 11.05 am on Sunday.

They returned aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft under the special flight arrangements by the Federal Government for nationals stranded abroad.

“ET Flight 8509 conveying 160 Nigerian evacuees from the US has safely arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja,” Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said while confirming their arrival.

The plane departed the Newark International Airport, New Jersey, on Saturday around 8:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. in Nigeria on Sunday).

As a precautionary measure, Onyeama added that, the evacuees would be quarantined on arrival for 14 days in Abuja, before leaving for their respective destinations in the country.

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