COVID-19: Nigeria moves to evacuate citizens abroad

The federal government has directed missions abroad to compile a list of Nigerians willing to return home.

Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said this in a statement on Friday.

She explained that a number of nationals were requesting to come back due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Dabiri-Erewa added that the Ministry of Finance had instructed that cost will be covered by the prospective evacuees.

They will also be compulsorily quarantined on arrival in the country.

The statement signed by Head, Media and Public Relations Unit, NIDCOM, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, urged interested citizens to liaise with the Nigeria embassy in their country of residence.

“The interested Nigerians are advised to inform the missions in the various countries they are in, which will then collate and coordinate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“To this end, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa urged Nigerians stranded abroad willing to return home to key into this Federal Government gesture by providing information to the mission in their respective host countries.”

Nigeria currently has 190 cases of coronavirus.

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