Nigeria to begin repatriating nationals stranded abroad
The first batch of 265 Nigerians is due to fly back to Lagos from Dubai aboard an Emirates flight, followed on Friday by 300 others from London, the ministry said.
An unspecified number of Nigerians is also expected to return from New York on Sunday.
“The federal government has commenced the process of evacuating willing Nigerian nationals outside the country,” the foreign minister said in a statement late Tuesday.
“The evacuees on arrival in Nigeria will undergo a mandatory 14-day supervised quarantine in a monitored environment”.
The index case of the virus in Nigeria was an Italian businessman who came to Lagos in February.
Since then the disease has infected 2,950 and killed 98 people, according to official figures.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, closed its international airports in March and has only been allowing special flights to repatriate foreign citizens to their home countries.
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