The first batch of Nigerians evacuated from the United States on Saturday due to the coronavirus pandemic, has arrived in Abuja.
The evacuated Nigerians numbering 160, including eight infants, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, around 11.05 am on Sunday.
They returned aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft under the special flight arrangements by the Federal Government for nationals stranded abroad.
“ET Flight 8509 conveying 160 Nigerian evacuees from the US has safely arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja,” Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said while confirming their arrival.
Onyeama added that on arrival, the evacuees would be quarantined for 14 days in Abuja before leaving for their respective destinations in the country.
KanyiDaily recalls that a British Airways Boeing 747 aircraft had evacuated 253 Nigerians from the United Kingdom on Friday, while some others were brought in from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.