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Nigeria Receives More Than 6,000 Evacuees Abroad – Abike Dabiri

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Since the outbreak of Coronavirus, a total of 6,317 Nigerians have been repatriated and stranded abroad due to the closure of airports around the world.

The chairman of the Nigerian Overseas Monitoring Group (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made the announcement during a press conference .

She said 806 people had been evacuated from the United States, 831 from the UK. There are 117 people from Saudi Arabia, 372 from Ethiopia, 70 from France and 540 from India.

According to Erewa, 1,045 people were repatriated from the United Arab Emirates, 324 from Turkey and 365 from Sudan.

She added that 172 Nigerians had been repatriated from Uganda and Kenya, 324 from South Africa and 205 from Ghana among others.

International flights have not yet been opened in the country, but the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika said he expects flights to resume before October.

He made the remarks in a message posted on his Twitter account, adding that “the decision has not yet been made on the start of international flights.”
International flights in Nigeria have been suspended since March due to efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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Abudulrasheed Mubarak is a freelance content creator. He starting his writing career in 2011. He is a graduate of Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi in Urban and Regional Planning.