158 Stranded Nigerians Arrive Abuja From Niger

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 31 – At least 158 stranded Nigerians arrived Abuja from the Niger Republic, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) said on Thursday.

All 158 citizens were received by officials of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and the National Emergency Management Agency.

They arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja around 10pm on Wednesday and tested negative for COVID-19.

NEMA said in a statement issued in Abuja by its spokesperson, Ezekiel Manzo, that the migrants were placed on self isolation in accordance with the requirements of the National Centre for Disease Control.

“NiDCOM (Nigeria in Diaspora Commission) reports that one of the migrants, Aiahatu Abdullahi, could not make the flight as she was delivered of a baby boy on July 24, 2020,” NEMA said in the statement issued on Thursday.

It added, “Abdullahi, her husband, the newborn child as well as their other three kids will remain in Niger until such a time when another trip is organissed.”

The agency further stated that some few Nigerians were unable to make the flight because they tested positive to COVID-19.

“All 158 evacuees tested negative for COVID-19 and are now on a 14-day self-isolation as mandated by NCDC, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19,” the agency stated.

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