COVID-19: India Evacuates 312 Citizens From Nigeria

No fewer than 312 Indian citizens were evacuated to their home from Nigeria.

WITHIN NIGERIA gathered that the aircraft conveying the nationals departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Sunday morning.

The about 10-hour flight is expected to land at the Cochin International Airport in Kerala later today barring any challenge.

The High Commission of India in Abuja confirmed this in a tweet, noting that it was the first evacuation flight from Nigeria amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Commission added that two more flights were scheduled for June 13 (Lagos-Delhi) and June 14 (Lagos-Mumbai) while advising citizens based in other parts of the country and West Africa, who intend to go home, to consider joining the flights in Lagos.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government of Nigeria has also made successful efforts in evacuating many of its citizens from various countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and China.

The most recent is the repatriation of 268 Nigerians from China.

The evacuees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Saturday and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said they would be quarantined for 14 days, as stipulated by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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