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238 Stranded Nigerians Evacuated From Turkey By The Federal Government

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According to Thisday Live, the Federal Government has evacuated 238 stranded Nigerians from turkey.

The minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama made this known through his official twitter handle on Sunday 5th July, 2020. The tweets read:

“Turkish Airlines Conveying 238 Nigerian evacuees and an infant from #Cyprus, has departed for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja”. Mr Onyeama also confirmed in a tweet that:

“Air Peace Airlines conveying 86 Nigerians is also airbone from Ankara, #Turkey to Lagos & Abuja” respectively.

According to him the evacuees are expected by 9:00 pm on Sunday 5th July and will proceed on self isolation for 14 days which is mandatory until their COVID – 19 status has been ascertained.

Similarly, The Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) have on Sunday confirmed the arrival of 285 Nigerians from Turkey at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja through its official twitter handle, the tweet reads “238 evacuees arrive Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at exactly 2:45pm local time from Turkey today, Sunday, 5th July, 2020”.

According to NIDCOM, all the evacuees tested negative for COVID – 19 and will go on self isolation which is in conformity with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

This is coming barely six days when the Federal Government evacuated 172 stranded Nigerians from Uganda and Nairobi respectively. NIDCOM also tweeted on its official twitter handle confirming the return of the 172 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at 10:20 on an Air Peace Flight B777 – 200.

According to NIDCOM, all returnees tested positive for COVID 19 before leaving Uganda and Nairobi and will have to follow the laid down guidelines of self isolation by the NCDC, the Presidential Taskforce on COVID – 19 and the Federal Ministry of Health.

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NIDCOM also attested to the fact that some of the returnees will disembark in Abuja while the rest will have to be flown to Lagos.

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