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Lagos, Abuja Isolation Centers Saturated By 600 Evacuees From Foreign Countries – Foreign Affairs Minister

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has revealed that various isolation centres in Lagos and Abuja have been saturated by 600 evacuees from different countries

The minister who disclosed this on Monday at the Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19, noted that the evacuation of Nigerians were from Dubai, UK and New York.

He, however, revealed that a lot went wrong with logistics in the case of passengers who were transported to Abuja, adding that better arrangement will be made to prevent any future recurrence.

Onyeama added that the process is reaching a saturation point and that the ministry will now stagger the process a bit with the aim of allowing some space before bringing more citizens into the country.

He stated that there are still so many Nigerians outside still needing evacuation, assuring that more will be brought in when those on ground have been better sorted.

The latest batch of evacuees were about 200 Nigerians including 8 infants who arrived Abuja from the United States of America on May 10. 

The evacuated Nigerians, who touched down at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, are said to be tested for coronavirus and quarantined for 14 days.

They returned aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft under the special flight arrangements by the Federal Government for nationals stranded abroad.

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