By Joy Owosu Abuja
The 215 UK returnees have arrived in Nigeria. They had earlier arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International airport, Lagos at about Thursday 1:50pm, but could not depart for Abuja until four hours later but their plane later touched down at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport at about Thursday 7:50pm. The, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, also confirmed their arrival it a tweet.
“The first evacuation from the Uk has landed in Lagos. The passengers will be proceeding to Abuja where they will be on 14-day compulsory isolation.” She said
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, apologised to the returnees for the delay in moving them to the Federal Capital Territory.
The evacuees were stranded in the United Kingdom as a result of the coronavirus. The returning Nigerians will undergo a mandatory 14-day supervised quarantine in a monitored environment.
Nigeria has closed its airports in March to control the spread of coronavirus. Only flights carrying essential materials and special flights are allowed.
The first case of the virus in Nigeria was an Italian businessman, who came to Lagos in February.