Nigeria Evacuates 241 Nationals from China

Nigeria has begun the evacuation of some 241 citizens who were trapped in China, a report has said.

Quoting the President of Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (East China), Elijah Odii, Nigeria’s Punch Newspaper reported that the evacuation started on Monday, 24 August 2020.

He said there was a possibility that not all those currently at the airport will be allowed to board as some are yet to completely check in.

In his words, “.. our embassy here in China is executing evacuation of stranded Nigerians today, August 24. The evacuees will leave Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on Air Peace.

“They are currently at the airport. But I’m informed that not all 241 may leave as they are yet to complete checking in. It may be possible that something may make a few persons not to be allowed to fly but now not sure yet.”

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He also stated that some Nigerians who went for studies in China were concluding their graduation, and the Nigerian Ambassador and Consul-General has been congratulating them.

News Central reports that 174 Nigerians are to leave Dubai on 25th August aboard Fly Dubai paid for by the United Arab Emirates government on Tuesday.

The Nigerian in Diaspora Commission [NIDCOM], disclosed this at the weekend via its Twitter handle, saying it will bring the total number of Nigerians evacuated gratis by Dubai authorities to 1,071.

NIDCOM brought back 252 stranded Nigerians in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the country on Saturday.

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The 252 evacuees tested negative to the coronavirus before boarding and will proceed on 14-day self-isolation as mandated by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health, and the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.


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