FG repatriates 65 stranded Nigerians


The Federal Government has repatriated another batch of 65 stranded Nigerians in some European countries and Pakistan.

This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama via a tweet.

He gave a breakdown that 50 were repatriated from Pakistan while 15 are from five different European nations of Belgium, France, Germany, Holland and Estonia.

A source at the Nnamdi Azikwe airport disclosed that repatriates from Pakistan arrived around 1am on Friday.

According to Onyeama’s tweet: “Air France flight departed Paris to Lagos today (Thursday June 18, 2020) ans there were 15 Nigerians on board from France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Estonia who had registered for the evacuation with the Nigerian Missions in these countries.”

In another tweet, he stated, “An aircraft conveying 50 of our narionals stranded in Oakistan and one Pakistani nariinal departed Islamabad International Airport at about 16.05 hours (4.05pm) local time.

“It is expected to arrive Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja at 3.00am on Friday June 19, 2020. ”

The latest evacuation brings to 1,588 Nigerians that have been evacuated since the global lockdown occassioned by COVID-19 pandemic, including 1,523 Nigerians evacuated as at June 13, 2020.

However, there are over 4,000 Nigerians still stranded in various countries across the globe.
The Federal Government had set a maximum of four weeks to complete their evacuation.

According to Presidential Taskforce (PTF)Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyah , the agency will evacuate 1000 weekly , while 500 of the evacuees would be landing in Abuja ,the other 500 would land in Lagos.

He mentioned they will conduct pre-evacuation test, which is under the new evacuation protocol.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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