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COVID-19: 177 stranded Nigerians evacuated from East Africa

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_…as fate of 30 ladies trafficked to Lebanon still hangs in the balance_

As part of the continued effort to evacuate stranded Nigerians across the globe, following the COVID-19 lock down to prevent transmission of the global pandemic, another set of 117 Nigerians stranded in three East African countries have returned home.

The evacuation flight was conducted by a Nigerian airline, Azman Air.

The returnees from Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Sunday morning.

The evacuee that tested negative to COVID-19 before departing their host host countries are also expected to self-isolate for 14 days according to the protocol of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

They are equally expected to take another COVID-19 test before rejoining the society.

Over 6,000 Nigerians have since been evacuated from more than 21 countries since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease according to Nigerians in Diaspora Commission’s data.

Earlier in a tweet, the Azman Air tweeted:
“Evacuation Update: A Total of 117 Passengers evacuated from 3 African Countries #Rwanda #Tanzania & #Uganda by @AzmanAir safely arrived at International Wing of MMA Lagos 2nd August 2020 around 03:00hrs

“We wish all the Passengers a Wonderful Stay in Nigeria”.

Regretably, the fate of 30 female Nigerians trafficked to Lebanon who had been appealing to Federal Government to come to their aid is still hanging in the balance as Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and other relevant agencies had continued to maintain deafning silence on steps been taken to repatriate the stranded ladies.

Nigerians has continued to suffer unfair and dehumanizing treatment due to nonechallant attitude of diplomatic officials to the plight of her citizens in foreign land.

Critics says that Nigerians in Diaspora Commission that has the primarily responsibility of interfacing with Nigerians in diaspora is also busy sleeping on duty.

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