Nigerians numbering about 292 arrived the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, from Saudi Arabia,their flight arrived late on tuesday at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, confirmed this via his Twitter handle on Wednesday.
He said a large number of the returnees were nursing mothers and children, adding that they have been camped in hotels within the FCT to observe the 14-day compulsory quarantine supervised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC).
“We received 292 evacuees stranded in Saudi Arabia yesterday. The Saudi Government transported them to Abuja. A large number are nursing mothers and children and they are all comfortably settled in hotels under the mandatory 14 days quarantine,” he wrote.
Tthe minister also stated during the briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on tuesday that Nigerians in France, who plan to fly to Cotonou in Benin Republic and then access the country via its land border can do so .Onyeama, however, said the country would absorb evacuees based on the resources available for their 14-day mandatory quarantine.
“If they have already bought their tickets and have boarded or about to board the flight, when they get to Cotonou, we will as in the past liaise with our Charge d’Affaires, and look at the capacity available to process them from Cotonou. But there’s certainly no guarantee that they would’ve immediate access to the country until such a time as they can be absorbed,” he stated.